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Approach of Ramadhaan

Ramadhaan is almost here, alhamdulillah. Despite the long, fourteen hour days and intense heat, the whole family is looking forward to it. It’s a month full of worship, contemplation, family time, and intense experiences. Ramadhaan is an enigma to many non-Muslims- those who are open minded are amazed that we[…]

Standing on the Edge

We are no strangers to turmoil, to change, to the search for something better for our family and our way of life. Since our marriage, we have lived in Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York state in America, and Sana’a, Ma’bar, Damaaj, and ash-Shihr since coming to[…]

The Voiceless Ones

The “protests” here in Yemen have been going on for about five months now. Five long months of lives disrupted, work neglected, schools closed, periodic violence, and shortages of fuel, food, and water. When I read of these protests, of the tent city set up and populated largely by young,[…]

Sana’an Reflections

I sit looking out a third floor window at a sky scape punctuated at intervals with minarets, their spires seeming to pierce the clouds, climbing upward a physical reminder of the ultimate goal of life on this earth. I see narrow, winding paths snaking through back streets, past gardens pregnant with cactus[…]