A Faithful Word

Living in the Light of God's Love

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."


JUNE 17, 2010 11:48PM

I Have Tried My Hardest, O Lord

John Mayer - who, by the way, has a number of great songs - apparently had some trouble with a girlfriend of his:
I know a girl
She puts the color inside of my world
But she's just like a maze
Where all of the walls all continually change
And I've done all I can
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JUNE 12, 2010 7:37PM

"Calling All Angels"

The musical group Train has a popular song called, “Calling All Angels.” I find the song to be quite striking and inspiring. The song begins:

I need a sign to let me know you’re here
All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere
I need to know

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JUNE 7, 2010 11:39AM

Why You Have Your Middle Name

Dear Lianna Bayan Hassaballa,

Welcome, my beloved child, to our family. Welcome, my beloved child, to this world. The day the Lord graced us with you was one of the happiest days of my life, and it came on the heels of one of the darkest days of my… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2010 11:01AM

A Muslim Also Objects

So much has been made of the so-called “Muslims” of Revolution Muslim, a fanatical fringe group rejected by American Muslims, who made a thinly-veiled threat against Comedy Central for their recent depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It led to the pervasively hateful… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 10:32PM

Hope Found in "Lost" Finale

This was published on The Seeker today.

It was with great anticipation that I watched the series finale of “Lost,” and I was hoping to have all my questions answered. Sadly, I must admit that I am still left a little…well, lost. Were they always… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2010 10:32AM

Thank You, Mr. Trudeau

This was published on The Seeker blog.

As many people in the nation eagerly participated in the “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” – and I actively ignored it (except for praying for the Prophet) – Doonesbury published an interesting cartoon strip. It seemed to poke fun at religion… Read full post »

Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams has recently claimed that Muslims worship a "monkey-god." On his blog, Mr. Williams wrote:

The monument would consist of a Mosque for the worship of the terrorists' monkey-god (repeat: "the terrorists' monkey-god." if you feel that fits a description of Allah t

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MAY 14, 2010 4:57PM

Words Do Matter

On the evening of May 10, there was a small explosion and fire outside a Jacksonville, FL mosque. According to a fire department investigation and officials of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, worshipers heard a loud noise outside the mosque, and there/
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MAY 14, 2010 1:22PM

Terror Double Standard

On the evening of May 10, there was a small explosion and fire outside a Jacksonville, FL mosque. According to a fire department investigation and officials of the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida, worshipers heard a loud noise outside the mosque, and there was a small fire that was extinguished.… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2010 3:11AM

Cover Up, Your Hatred Is Showing

This article was published on altmuslim on May 10.
The wave of face veil bans continues to ride high. On April 29, the lower house of Parliament in Beligum passed a law banning the wearing of anything "with the face fully or partly covered so as to render them no… Read full post »

LoonWatch has done it again: another excellent piece that highlights the fact that the threat from “Islamic Terror,” the Times Square idiot notwithstanding, is heavily exaggerated. The piece is reproduced below:

RAND report: Threat of homegrown jihadism exaggerated, Zero U.S. civiliaRead full post »

So many in the media are quick to point out that the bomber is a Muslim and Pakistani. But, the media has largely ignored the fact that the person who alerted police was Muslim. Well, then we in the Muslim blogosphere will publish it.

Below is the original… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2010 10:46AM

Thank God He Was Caught

As the news reports indicate, a 30-year-old naturalized American citizen of Pakistani origin has been arrested for allegedly trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square last Saturday evening. Apparently, Faisal Shahzad of Connecticut allegedly bought the SUV he rigged with incendiary materials,… Read full post »

As you know, I am a big fan of the website LoonWatch, and I saw this on the site today and wanted to share it with you. It is quite good.

Suicide Terrorism, an Islamic  Phenomenon?

by Inconnu

Resident “Islam expert” Robert Spencer is at it again,… Read full post »

APRIL 23, 2010 3:40AM

A Towering Height

I must admit: before the news came out that Dorothy Height, a civil rights matron and icon, passed away on April 20, I had never heard of Dorothy Height. I never knew that she was the only woman on the stage when the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous… Read full post »

APRIL 18, 2010 2:12PM

It is Never Normal

It is Spring, and thus it is time to place flowers on the grave. Every “Lot Owner,” which is what I am, gets a notice that flowers are able to be purchased to place at the grave site. They are not real –

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This article was published April 7 on altmuslim.

Last month, Federal Bureau of Investigation authorities launched several raids against a Christian militia group known as the “Hutaree.” According to the authorities, members of the group had allegedly planned to kill a police officer… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2010 2:32AM

"I Can See Your Halo"

Beyonce sings about the love of her life, the one whose "Halo" she can both see and feel. This person has made the walls she built around her tumble down, and "they didn't even put up a fight" or "even make up a sound." She speaks so highly of this man:… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2010 2:07PM

Kudos to the Chicago Sun-Times

Kudos to the Chicago Sun-Times for printing on their front page the title: “Homegrown Terror” in relation to the Christian militia group that was raided recently.

According to the authorities, the militia group “plotted to kill a cop, then bomb the officer’s funeral, federa… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2010 12:00AM

An Excellent Point

After I made my response to Imam Anwar Al Awlaki, an anonymous poster made this comment:

You are speaking from the perspective of a man. It is more difficult for a woman who wears a head scarf. I am stared at with disgusting looks, and sworn at by random people inRead full post »
According to a report by CNN, U.S. born "cleric" Anwar Al-Awlaki urges "jihad" against the United States. In an audio message, Awlaki purportedly has said, "With the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S. and being a M… Read full post »
It always annoys me to no end whenever I read about Muslims who are alleged to have planned or attempted to commit acts of terror being described as having "devout religious views." For instance, take this story published on Al Jazeera's site:

Yemini authorities have arrestedRead full post »
MARCH 8, 2010 7:40PM

The Faithful Fight Against Terror

This article was published today on Middle East Online

It was so good to see this time that CNN covered the event: Last week, a prominent Muslim cleric, Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against terrorism in general, and/Read full post »
MARCH 6, 2010 1:32PM

Remembering Aminah Assilmi

It was a confusing time in my life. I had struck out on my own - going to college - for the very first time in my life. All of the support structures that sustained me throughout my adolescence were now gone, and I had to fend for… Read full post »
MARCH 5, 2010 2:49AM

Why I Found "You Found Me"

I was a little nervous when I looked to add the song to my library. Whenever I consider adding a song to my iPod, I do research on the song: I look at the lyrics; I research the meaning of the song, if such information has been published. The sounds, melodies,… Read full post »