Muslim “Barbie” Dolls Coming To A Store Near You… Maybe

If you have ever left a toy store frustrated because you were not able to find a modestly dressed doll I have good news for you. An Indonesian mother who couldn’t find a Barbie-like doll dressed in conservative fashions finally took matters into her own hands. Sukmawati Suryaman spent months designing the Salma Muslim doll for parents out there looking to inspire the virtue of modesty among young girls. The 28-year-old mother-of-one’s new creation exploded on the toy scene and now the Salma doll is the latest must-have toy for girls in Indonesia. The name Salma is derived from the … Continue reading

Michael Jackson: Converting to Islam?

There is talk that Michael Jackson is planning to convert to Islam. It was brother Jermaine that released this news to the media earlier this week. Jermaine, a Muslim since 1989, said that Michael had been reading Islamic books and is interested in the faith. Maybe Michael is looking for something to provide him with inner peace after two very tumultuous decades. Michael has actually been lying relatively low lately. Through the years though, he has been in the news for one reason or another. It used to be that Michael was in the news for good reasons. The self-professed … Continue reading

Interview with Pervez Musharraf

In an interview on Fox News Channel’s Hannity and Colmes show, September 25, 2006, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, was asked tough questions on several issues. Asked about pardoning the man who shared nuclear secrets with Iran, Libya, and North Korea, Musharraf explained that Khan is seen as a hero to people on the streets. Despite his “mistakes,” Musharraf said Khan still brought nuclear technology to Pakistan. He felt he had no choice but to pardon the man, and described being the President of Pakistan as similar to walking a tightrope. When asked how he felt about the label “Islamic Fascist,” … Continue reading

My Muslim Friend

The following was shared with permission by the addressee. Regardless of our faith, we are all human and made in God’s image. He loves each one of us. The Bible says that God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). How are we to be lights in the lives of others if we cannot do so with respect for them? To My Muslim Friend, I’m so sorry to hear someone would be ignorant to call or associate you of all people with anything wicked! Your mission has been successful in dispelling myths. I thought that all Muslims hated Christians and … Continue reading

“National Muslim Fun Day”–No One Will Ever Know How Much Fun It Could Have Been

It was to be the first ever “National Muslim Fun Day.” Britain’s largest theme park designed the event, but abruptly called it off last week (about a month before the scheduled celebration) because of lack of interest. Alton Towers in central England was planning to host the Muslims-only day in September complete with halal food, a strict dress code and prayer areas. In addition, the theme park’s typical fare of music, gambling and alcohol would have been banned for the day and thrill rides such as “Ripsaw,” “Corkscrew” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” were going to be segregated by … Continue reading

Look Beyond the Headlines!

I always thought it goes without saying, but in light of recent comments left on my blog, I think it needs to be said: don’t believe everything you hear! Today there are so many sources of news and information, some reliable and some definitely not, that you must be sure you can trust the things you hear or read. It is also important to get beyond the news headlines. News is, by its very nature, sensationalized. Television stations gain viewers and advertisers by having highly controversial, “hot” stories. Likewise, newspapers and magazines sell subscriptions by having cutting-edge, sensational headlines. Good … Continue reading

Islam and the Non-Muslim Wife

In my last entry, I discussed the non-Muslim woman who is considering marriage to a Muslim man. I explained the role of Islam in a man’s life and in his children’s. Now, let’s discuss the role of Islam in the life of the non-Muslim wife. Yes, I know that sounds contradictory, but it isn’t. Really. First of all, Muslim men are free to marry “People of the Book.” This means that a Muslim man can marry a practicing Christian or Jew. If you are neither of these, run! Your marriage will not be accepted Islamically, and chances are good that … Continue reading

17th of Tammuz: A Day of Remembrance

While it is a commandment to be joyful at all times, there are exceptions to this rule; certain times are designated on the Jewish calendar for mourning and repentance. In Judaism, there are five public fast days throughout the year; most of them are connected with mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the invasion of Jerusalem and the entire Land of Israel by the Babylonians in the 5th century BCE and the Romans in 70 CE. The first exile, called the Babylonian exile, lasted only 70 years. However, the second exile, which began when Jews lost … Continue reading

The Complete Middle East Cookbook

The Complete Middle East Cookbook Okay, so technically food isn’t an Islamic subject. However, our families have to eat and our tastes in food are often deeply ingrained in us. Many American Muslim women are married to men from far away lands. Whether they mention it or not, most desperately miss the foods they grew up with. Even if your husband would never dream of asking you to learn a whole new style of cooking, trust me when I tell you he would be eternally grateful! If your spouse is from the Middle East, you must get The Complete Middle … Continue reading