Overexposure at the Water Gardens

Mom came to visit us for a couple of days last week, and on Saturday morning, at Samie’s suggestion, we visited the Water Gardens in Fort Worth.

  1. An apparent misreading of the B/N switch on the Sprocket Rocket resulted in me shooting on B for the entire time.
  2. The light, but definite presence of homeless folks and those less fortunate than I gave me an opportunity to (fail to) be a better Muslim.

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Checking my Intention

As reported by Umar, Radi Allahu ‘anhu:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: “Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”

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Eid Mubarak!

Today, I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness another Ramadan and the chance to enjoy fellowship with my brothers and sisters in faith as we celebrate on this blessed day of Eid al Fitr, the celebration of the breaking of the fast. May Allah accept our fast, charity, and supplications, may He bless us with many more Ramadans together, in worship of Him alone, without any partners, and may He strengthen our hearts and keep us steadfast, Ameen. Continue reading “Eid Mubarak!”

Yard Work

Today, I’m grateful for yard work.

Yard work, you say? You bet: it’s good, honest exercise that delivers very quick and beautiful results, and it gives me a good opportunity to reflect on Allah azza wa jall. Continue reading “Yard Work”


Today, I’m grateful for feeling, both in terms of sensation and emotion, both “how are you feeling?” or “are you feeling alright?” and “ooo feel this!”

Without sensation, much of life would be dull and empty; without emotion, much of life would be meaningless. As surely as hot and cold remind us of the blessings of each other (ice cream on a hot summer afternoon and hot chocolate on a cold winter morning) happiness and sadness, flow and frustration, joy and rage all serve as important signposts to remind us Allah’s blessings and mercy. Alhamdulillah! Continue reading “Feeling”