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Hesham A. Hassaballa

Hesham A. Hassaballa
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
July 08
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a Chicago doctor and writer. He has written extensively on a freelance basis, being published in newspapers across the country and around the world. His articles have been distributed world wide by Agence Global as well. He has been a Beliefnet columnist since 2001, and has written for the Religion News Service. He is also a guest blogger for The Chicago Tribune. Dr. Hassaballa is author of the essay "Why I Love the Ten Commandments," published in the award-winning book Taking Back Islam (Rodale). He is also co-author of The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Doubleday). His latest book of poetry about the Prophet Muhammad, Noble Brother, has been published by Faithful Word Press. In 2007, his blog, God, Faith, and a Pen, was nominated for a Brass Crescent Award for a blog that is "the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophical, providing the best rebuttals to extremist ideology and making an impact whenever they post."


JANUARY 12, 2013 6:09AM

Don't Let Go of Your "First Love"

As I continue to listen to "Lullabies" by Muslim singer/songwriter Yuna, there is more to this song than is first revealed. Indeed, on the surface, she sings about a love that she could not have:

I wanted to go away with you,
and I would leave all my troubles here.

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In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved

This first appeared on altmuslim.


December is never a good month for my wife and me. Our daughter — who passed away three years ago from cancer — was born on December 30. And so this time of year is… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2012 12:45AM

My Jihad: Loss and Heartbreak

This was my contribution to the My Jihad campaign, a national effort spearheaded right here in Chicago, to reclaim the term Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.

Loss and Heartbreak

Every day, I get up early in the morning to try to help other people feel better by… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2012 4:06AM

Why Do I Do It?

I do it over, and over, and over.

I do it again, and again, and again.

Ever since our daughter passed away three years ago, I constantly
listen to songs that remind me of her; songs that make me think about the way she loved me like no other daughter could; songs that/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 8:48PM

Giving Thanks to an Awesome God

This article first appeared on Patheos

Another year has passed, and another feast of Thanksgiving has come upon us. As families across our great nation gather together, eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, gravy, and the like, it is a natural time for us as Americans to reflect ov… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 11:01AM

The Day Hate Lost

This first appeared on Patheos

The American people have spoken loudly and clearly about what the agenda and direction of our country should be for the next four years. Indeed, the results of the 2012 elections have given pundits and analysts many things to study about our nation, the elec… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 12:13PM

American, Muslim, Voter

 This was published on the Middle East Online

I must admit, I am getting weary of the election season. I am tired of the constant barrage of television ads, intrusive and unwanted telephone calls, and the endless stream of political mailers and flyers. Although I am anxious over theRead full post »
OCTOBER 25, 2012 12:02PM

All About Abraham

The sun was searing as the wind howled and burned the eyes and face. There was not a person in sight as the man, with wife and newborn child, walked along the barren plain. After a long journey, the man stopped, unpacked some food and water for his family, and then… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2012 12:00PM

All About Abraham

The sun was searing as the wind howled and burned the eyes and face. There was not a person in sight as the man, with wife and newborn child, walked along the barren plain. After a long journey, the man stopped, unpacked some food and water for his family, and then… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2012 3:01AM

It Was Only A Matter Of Time

It was only a matter of time. The brutal shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, in reprisal for speaking out against the atrocities of the Taliban has shocked the conscience of the world. Outrage against the Taliban is widespread in Pakistan, and there are growing calls for the mi… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2012 5:11AM

One of the Happiest Days of My Life

This Sunday, 45,000 people will run the Chicago Marathon. Two years ago, on 10/10/10, I was blessed to complete the Chicago Marathon in honor of my late daughter, who passed away the year before, after a hard-fought battle against lymphoma. It was one of the happiest days of my life, even… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 6:54AM

A Plea For Respect Of The Sacred

Here we go again. The ugly film that was produced attacking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) set off a wave of protests all across the Muslim-majority world. While there may be a number of socio-political, geo-political, and other reasons to explain the outbreak of violence, the fact remains that, no matt… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 12:29AM

The Path of Hatred

The attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt (the land of my ancestry) and the U.S. Consulate in Libya, where the U.S. Ambassador was killed, leave me doubly outraged. First, as an American, I am outraged that our diplomatic missions were attacked in so brazen a manner, with no regard to… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2012 11:44PM

Why Do Republicans Dislike Muslims?

On the night that the Republican Party nominated a Mormon, I asked the above question on Patheos:

For many years of my adult life, I was a Republican and voted with the GOP in almost every election. For several of those years, in fact, I was in the Republican Party organization in… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2012 3:45PM

There's Nothing We Can't Do

At long (very, very long) last, today is the last day of Ramadan. Tomorrow morning, I plan to - God willing - enjoy my first cup of coffee in the daylight hours since July 19. To say that I am not happy would be lying through my teeth. It's been rough… Read full post »

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AUGUST 10, 2012 6:48PM

We Have Done Nothing Wrong, Either

"Biggest question we have is this a hate crime, I mean what did we do wrong?"

That was a question asked by a member of the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in the immediate aftermath of the domestic suicide terrorist attack in Wisconsin on August 5.

The answer is simple: nothing.

That communit… Read full post »

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AUGUST 7, 2012 11:38AM

An Attack on All of Us

The horrific shooting (and, yes, domestic terrorist) attack on the Sikh temple or gurudwara, was a stain on our national fabric. That someone would target peaceful Americans gathering together to do nothing more than worship and glorify the Lord is beyond description in its barbarity./… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2012 4:30AM

The Guilt That Ramadan Brings

Ramadan is a very special time. Yes, we are fasting, and although the day is quite long, so far, it has not been that bad. Yet, more than just the fasting, it is a time of spiritual renewal. It is a time of deep reflection. It is a time of re-engagement… Read full post »

This was published on Patheos

For the past six months, at least, I have felt a growing sense of dread. That dread has grown more acute as July 20 came and went. That is because, on July 20, the month of Ramadan started. So now I am refraining from food, drink (yes,… Read full post »

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JULY 24, 2012 8:57PM

Washington Post: A Muslim's Love-Hate Relationship

This appeared in the Washington Post.

I love the summer time. It is so much better than the winter, especially in my home town of Chicago. In fact, I start looking forward to the summer on December 21, because the days start to get longer after that day, and it is the… Read full post »

This first appeared in Middle East Online. 

On June 22, the Justice Department indicted a Texas man for threatening a Tennessee mosque that is currently under construction. According to the indictment, last September, Javier A. Correa left a message on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's p… Read full post »

This first appeared on Patheos.

All across this country—and the world, in fact—there are numerous people who seek to define Islam and Muslims in a specific and (frequently) negative manner. Islamophobes have, in fact, staked their careers on this task. There are also criminals, so-ca… Read full post »

JUNE 29, 2012 3:46AM

Of "Obamacare" and Medicine

I can say that I am nothing short of totally shocked that the Supreme Court largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." With the rightward shift of the Court, I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the health care law was history. Indeed, I have mixed feelings about the/… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2012 11:25AM

Don't Let Me Go, Lord

Time and again, songs by The Fray have captivated my mind and soul. "Never Say Never" is no different.  Clearly, the song is about the ebb and flow of a relationship:

Some things we don't talk about
Rather do without
And just hold the smile
Falling in and out of love
Ashamed and prou/

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JUNE 15, 2012 3:47AM

The Raw Deal for Dads in Islam

This year's Father's Day is extra special for me: for one thing, I have the weekend off, and thus I can spend the day with my family and not have to worry about rounding and taking hospital call. More importantly, however, is that I will spend it with our newest addition:… Read full post »