Let’s think a little deeply..

Many of us would be surprised to discover how much of our thinking is based in existentialism and post-modern philosophy. We see Sartre’s gloom and despair everywhere. He tells us that what meaning there is in life, we must create. He leaves us feeling both responsible for our boredom and anxious about our inability to create meaning in the sink of dishes. In the Postmodern influence on our lives, we are presented with a situational ethic – a feeling that there is no real Truth. Hence all actions are subject to the litmus test of ‘it seems right’ as opposed … Continue reading

Broken Hearts

Broken heart syndrome is a medical term for someone who had few risk factors for heart disease and was previously healthy before a physical weakening of the heart due to emotional stress.  Often considered the stuff of literature, science today recognizes that our physical hearts are affected by great trauma and stress. One can indeed die of a broken heart. With this in mind I ponder the state of hearts. I think about the heart of the mother who has lost all of her children. I think about another mother whose child lives, but flirts with atheism and sin. My … Continue reading

30 First Dates: 13 Years On

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Every Ramadan is like a first date. But it’s not completely blind. We know each other. We’ve met each other before. But each time, it’s different. We’ve grown and have to learn new ways of being together. We have to relearn the taste of dates. The taste of a month-long date, the taste of many dates all month long, the taste of nutritious fiber for the soul.  Sure, I clean myself up, clean up the house, perfume … Continue reading

30 First Dates: ‘Muslim Me’

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Halima: I converted to Islam a few weeks before Ramadan when the days were short. I wanted to have a go at fasting before Ramadan. It was new, I had never fasted before. I broke my fast feeling a sense of achievement. Later on the phone I told my friend about my fast, that I hadn’t eaten all day, I had only had water and tea. No! That’s when I learned that Muslims have nothing to drink … Continue reading

30 First Dates: The Simple Things

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Q: Do you remember your first Ramadan fast? Andrea: Yes! I converted to Islam during Ramadan, so I actually fasted for a few days before saying the shahadah. Q: What year was it? Andrea: The year was 2005; I was 19 at the time. Q: Do you remember where you were and who you spent it with? Andrea: I was on a college campus (Truman State University), so I spent most of that Ramadan with Truman’s tiny Muslim … Continue reading