Three Beautiful Things Thursday: A Space Invaders Prayer Rug

This *one* thing is so amazing that it takes the place of three beautiful things.

A Polish artist by the name of Janek Simon made this:

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Three Beautiful Things Thursday: Revelation & Home-Made Food Edition

Happy Beautiful Thursday y’all.  I’m allowed to say y’all now that I live in the South.  Okay, y’all?  Here you go, three beautiful things!

1.  Revelation.  The Books revealed to the prophets and messengers of God.  Sure, some people pick out verses from them that seem unjust.  But if you look at them as a whole, if you look at the message, they are beautiful.  Believe.  Do Good.  There Will Be A Day When You Will Be Judged.  Today I was gifted a Bible by Stan, a friend of mine who is also a United Methodist pastor.   We meet [almost] every Thursday for breakfast, and I’m honored to speak with him about revelation and the followers of revelation.  It’s always an inspiring conversation and it gets my brain churning– both informing me of my own faith tradition (and covenant) as well as other peoples’ covenants.

Today, we spoke a bit about the description of Judgment Day in the New Testament (what Muslims refer to as the Injeel, and also considered a revelation of God)…   it echoes a similar description in the Qur’an…

I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds.  – New Testament, Revelations 20:12-13

And [on that Day] you will see all people kneeling down [in humility]: all people will be called upon to [face] their record: “Today you shall be requited for all that you ever did! This Our record speaks of you in all truth: for, verily, We have caused to be recorded all that you ever did! – Qur’an, The Kneeling, 34:28

2.  Home-made food.  Before I got married and gained daddy status with WarriorPrincess, I talked the talk about eating healthy but rarely walked the walk.  Having a family forced me to be consistent, and so I began to use as many local, organic, and unprocessed foods that I could. I avoid additives like the plague.  When I looked at the list of ingredients on a package of butter, I noticed that one of them was “natural flavoring,” and I wanted to puke.  How do you add flavoring to butter?  I want to taste butter! Not what some chemist thinks butter tastes like! Read on »

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Three Beautiful Things: My Wife Laughs In Her Sleep Edition

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here regularly, but I’m finally ready to change that. My buddy Mediha just helped me move the site over to a new server and re-did the store section of the web site. It works much better now than it ever did before. We’ve also changed the design just a tad, with a bar at the top of this window that takes you to different sections of this site. I’ve separated the mosque section for now, and will get to it once I start posting daily. In addition to this blog, I’ve also started blogging over at patheos. Patheos, an interfaith site, recently acquired Altmuslim as well as Muslimah Media Watch.

Now that I’ve got the formalities out of the way, three beautiful things to kick off a new chapter of hijabman!

1. My wife regularly laughs in her sleep. About an hour after we go to bed, in the off-chance that I’m still awake, I hear MrsHM let out a joyous burst of laughter. I’ll ask her why she’s laughing even though she’s in a deep slumber and usually I’ll get an unintelligible answer– something like, “The movie and penguins.” After some further prodding her mostly-sleeping self will give up trying to explain, “I don’t know, it’s just something in my head…”

Hearing your partner laugh whilst sleeping has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. I figure that if shes delighted in a subconscious state, she must be enjoying her life in a conscious one. It’s a beautiful thing to know that your partner is content– not to mention a relief!

This morning, after another night of laughter, she told me she was dreaming of being pregnant. Foreshadowing? :)

2. When your partner zings you.
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3 Beautiful Things, the “We’re in Your Corner” Edition

1. SORRY. Recently, I learned a humbling — and very important — lesson from a friend: to apologize for things said or acts committed in anger, Read on »

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Three Beautiful Things: The “I Don’t Need a Passport to Walk on this Earth” Edition

I have always wanted a vespa the color of tangerines

A vespa the color of tangerines; Madrid, Spain. (YazNotJaz)

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1. VESPAS. The past week (or two) has seen a flurry of friends sharing with me photographs of the motor-scooters I love best, and it makes me smile every time. From Baji on her Barcelona travels, to M on the streets of DC, to Hashim traversing the internets and the Midwest, to Umar in the UK, the “Vespa” label in my Gmail account (yes, I have an entire label for vespa references!) has recently seen an unprecedented rise.
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Three Beautiful Things: Canada Edition

While my father rarely shared details about his past, he often speaks fondly of his time at the University of Toronto as well as the University of British Columbia. I haven’t visited Vancouver yet (coming soon), but Toronto I’ve visited plenty. From asking for a “double double” at Tim Horton’s, to calling my male companions, ‘guy’ and telling my friend Pari that she is both “Yonge and Dundas,” Toronto provides endless adventure.

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Beautiful Things: Toronto And Getting Lost On Purpose Edition…

“Turn Left, Ahead”

I have no intentions of turning left.

Turn Left!“ The sultry female voice commands.

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