Jummah Reflection: On Community

Jummah Reflection: On Community

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.   We like to romanticize the idea of the lone wolf hero or the independent self-made person who ‘makes it’ on their own. Countless stories and movies have been made about being The One…

Jummah Reflection:  Your Attention Please

Jummah Reflection: Your Attention Please

I used to believe (and have often stated) that the only thing we have any real control over is how we choose to respond to any given circumstance. But this week I realized there’s one more thing we have absolute…

Jummah Reflection:  From Fasting, Consciousness

Jummah Reflection: From Fasting, Consciousness

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. Last night I went to an interfaith iftar and listened to a Muslim teacher and a Catholic priest discuss the value of fasting. And they were in agreement that this particular spiritual discipline allows…

Jummah Reflection: Martyrdom is Easy

Jummah Reflection: Martyrdom is Easy

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF.   There is a profound egoism in waging a constant battle against the ills of the world, especially at the expense of all else.   That’s not to say that we shouldn’t fight injustice,…

Jummah Reflection: Personal Accountability

Jummah Reflection: Personal Accountability

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! {Say: “Shall I seek a lord other than Allah, while He is the Lord of all things? No person earns any (sin) except against himself (only), and no bearer of burdens shall bear the…

Jummah Mubarak: Are You Right With God?

Jummah Mubarak: Are You Right With God?

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF! This week I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to build a case that supports my own ego and to justify the things I want to do using holy texts and ‘good intentions’….

Jummah Reflection: Mercy, Mercy Me.

Jummah Reflection: Mercy, Mercy Me.

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom and Happy Cinco de Mayo! At the behest of a trusted spiritual guide, I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). “And We have…

Jummah Reflection: Celebrate Renewal

Jummah Reflection: Celebrate Renewal

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & Good Friday to you all. <3 There is no better time to fall in love with The Divine than during the springtime! The Qur’an repeatedly tells us that we can know God and derive great…

Jummah Reflection: Atoms and Stars

Jummah Reflection: Atoms and Stars

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF. This week I am thinking about the balance we must each strike between standing out in a leadership capacity while still remaining part of the fabric of humanity, and acknowledging how unextraordinary each of…

Jummah Reflection: Just Do It...With Good Intentions

Jummah Reflection: Just Do It…With Good Intentions

Jummah Mubarak, Shabbat Shalom & TGIF I recently complained to a friend that my ritual prayers (salah) feel uninspiring and robotic. Doing them out of obligation almost felt like a betrayal of my faith. He wisely suggested that I look…