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"Women in Islam" on "Stairway to Paradise" by Moez Masoud

I think this video is general and is inclusive of all women and men, not specifically "Women in Islam". I am posting this to allow everyone to understand that the negative treatment of women that we so often see on TV has nothing to do with Islam. Culture and backwardness play a very big role in the way all societies treat women.

"Ignoring: Why it happens and what to do about it" from babycenter.com

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Hello Everyone,

I thought this might be a topic of interest for people of all walks-of-life. It might help calm the atmosphere for the whole family once it is understood why "preschoolers ignore their parents" :) Enjoy! This article was written by Karen Miles and reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board.
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Ignoring: Why it happens and what to do about it by Karen Miles Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board

You ask your preschooler to put away his toy trucks because it's almost time to eat. But he keeps playing as though you'd never opened your mouth, or grunts "Okay" and plays on without budging. Why is he ignoring you?

As preschoolers become more independent, they get better and better at tuning out what they don't want to hear. So try not to get too annoyed if your preschooler ignores you from time to time, says Roni Leiderman, associate dean of the Family Center at Nova Southea…

Suhaib Webb - Women in Mosques, Sexuality, & Negotiating Faith and Community

Points well made.

Enemies, a hate story - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

This article was brought to my attention today.  It hit home in so many ways. Please take the time to read it. There are so many faults in the human spirit when race, nationality, culture or religion are concerned.  Sometimes we forget to see each other as flesh and blood.

~Mona

Please Note: This article was published in an Israeli News source called the Haaretz Daily Newspaper, the article is by Gideon Levy.
_____________________________________________________________________________ Enemies, a hate story

It is impossible to ignore what is happening to us: Palestinian children die in an accident, and many Israelis are happy about it - and are no longer even ashamed of it.

By Gideon Levy

The all-clear was sounded as soon as the news came that the school bus was Palestinian.

Only the most perceptive viewers of Thursday's accident - in which nine children and one adult were killed when their bus collided with a truck north of Jerusalem - could make the distinction. But something i…

My Inspiration

This was a blog that I posted in 2006 in response to the columnist who writes "Just Ask A Mexican" his name is Gustavo Arellano. This is where I got my inspiration :)

Thank you very much for the idea...Our religion is so misunderstood and twisted in the media that when I heard the NPR report on "Just Ask A Mexican", I couldn't help but say: "JUST ASK A MUSLIM" PLEASE!!! We have so many people speaking for us that we hardly get to express ourselves to the world. It seems that the only news that is worthy to be called news, is bad news about bad guys (a lot of times you don't even have to be a "bad guy" to be portrayed as bad...you just have to be different). I was so happy to see your post...and I hope that people can get a little better idea of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim living in today's world.

People Standing Up to what is Right (even if it doesn't directly affect them)

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I thought this was interesting.  If you will notice, there are obviously no "Muslim" participants in this flash mob.  It might have been a little cheesy, but I was impressed by these people's conviction to try to make a difference. 

Even though this flash mob is dedicated to Palestine, I want to make it clear that Syria is on the heart and mind.  God be with them and protect them from the savage nature of their governments, Ameen.

~Mona

Here's the youtube video from Dec. 10, 2011.

Ahh...the beauty of a peaceful sleep :)

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So, do you have the same issue...I know we do!

Kylie Bisutti on Leaving Modeling Career with Victoria Secret

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Kylie Bisutti Interview on Good Morning America
"Growing in my relationship with the Lord and my faith… I just became so convicted about wanting to honor my husband with my body and wanting to be a role model for younger women out there that look up to me," Kylie explained.
I thought that her position to leave her high paying job and fame as a Victoria Secret model and “honor” her husband was beautiful.My question is what’s the difference between this and a Muslim woman covering her body?A lot of times we see so many differences in our religions, we don’t bother to look at the many similarities.As a Muslim woman, I also want to honor my husband and my family through covering myself. Above all I am searching for the love and pleasure of God in obeying His commandment on women to cover.

There is so much beauty in preserving what is sacred, my body, my religion andmy life are all very sacred to me.Therefore, like Kylie Bisutti, I cover to honor all of the above.I loved that she al…

WashingtonPost.com: 5 Myths about Muslims in America, by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

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This article was published on April 1, 2011 on the WashingtonPost.com website.  I thought it might open some eyes to the lives of Muslims in the US.  Hope it is of benefit to you! ~Mona *************************************************************************
Five myths about Muslims in America
By , Published: April 1, 2011
I founded the multi-faith Cordoba Initiative to fight the misunderstandings that broaden the divide between Islam and the West — each perceived as harmful by the other. Millions of American Muslims, who see no contradiction between being American and being Muslim, are working hard to bridge this gap. It is therefore not surprising that they have become the target of attacks by those who would rather burn bridges than build them, and the subject of recent congressional hearings exploring their “radicalization.”

What myths are behind the entrenched beliefs that Muslims simply do not belong in the United States and that they threaten its security…

A Different Take on Perspectives

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A Tribute to Syria...in the words of my children "1-2-3-4 Kick the LION out the Door"

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Oh Syria,  cradle of Islamic civilization.  Syria, the land where most of my Islamic Studies and Quran teachers are from...oh Allah please protect this beautiful land of knowledge and wisdom...protect the people of Syria...Allahuma Ameen.
The other day I was watching to the news and my children (both very young) asked what was going on...I told them bad people are hurting/killing a lot of people in Syria. They answered..."Mama, you said the bad guys never win...inshaAllah they will not win"...and I completely agree...InshaAllah they will not win.

I saw this poem on Jadaliyya.com. I thought it was very appropriate for the horrible times that are passing through Syria these days. Syria our hearts and prayers are with you.


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Poem For Syria - From Jadaliyya.com

soft white syrian jasmine blooms

and showers the land

where my mother lived diagonally

across the street from my father

its scent flutters delicat…

"Honour" Killings, Culture and Islam

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I was both saddened and sickened when I heard about the "honour" killings of the three teenage sisters and first wife of the Shafia family, Afghan immigrants to Canada.  I just want to make it clear, there is no honour in killing anyone.  With culture comes some heavy and dirty baggage.  I am sorry that these people that conduct these so-called "honour" killings are even called Muslim.  It is sad and heart wrenching to think that others can justify such acts of hate and abuse on women and girls. 

Men do not own women.  We were put on this Earth to complete one another, not compete or kill one another.  There is beauty in life, and to kill anyone is a shameful act against all of humankind.  There is always hope for change and guidance...hope only ceases to exist when we are 6 feet under...and sadly that was the case for all four of these women.

Again, I reiterate that this is not my religion, this is not Islam.

The following podcast is from BBC's "World H…