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When I’m 64…: Women, Aging & the Mirror
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When I’m 64…: Women, Aging & the Mirror

By Noor Saadeh - Apr 13 2017


When the Beatles released this hit in 1967, I wondered how Paul McCartney would feel looking back from that ripe old age. I wondered too, what I would think. How on earth did those years pass so quickly? And yet I can account for each and every one of them. Inside I am still the […]

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Islam Honors Women: The Story of Haajar
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Islam Honors Women: The Story of Haajar

By Noor Saadeh - Mar 06 2017


Some of you may recall the name of Haajar. Known as Hagar in the Bible, her story is recounted there as an Egyptian, no doubt with skin of a dark hue, often referred to as a concubine given to Abraham by his wife, Sarah. She bore Ismael (meaning God hears), Abraham’s first born, and was […]

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Solidarity: Standing Together
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Solidarity: Standing Together

By Noor Saadeh - Feb 13 2017


Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: it is they that will be successful. (3:104) I’ve always been inspired by this verse of the Qur’an. The essence of it encouraged me to join the ranks of the […]

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Turning to My Faith
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Turning to My Faith

By Noor Saadeh - Jan 16 2017


I am hearing the phrase ‘the normalization of bullying and racism’ in a lot of circles of concerned folk right now, and not just Muslim ones. Minorities are being targeted, even women.  That’s half the population! So like it or not, we are all in this together. It’s time to link arms and join forces […]

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Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him
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Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him

By Noor Saadeh - Dec 22 2016


It’s the holidays for so many this time of year – but alas, not for Muslims. As we follow a lunar calendar, our holidays move about the year. We won’t see Ramadan or Eid Al Adha again for several months. But just in time, Muslims around the world recently recognized the birthday of our Prophet, […]

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My Beloved Quran

By Noor Saadeh - Nov 05 2016


Our family business, Noorart, a multimedia, educational online store retails material throughout North America and a bit elsewhere. We’re one of the largest Muslim online stores.  We receive and fulfill orders from Islamic schools, centers, mosques and Muslim families. We also get requests from prison inmates who want to learn about Islam or see that […]

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Creeping Shari’a

By Noor Saadeh - Sep 16 2016


We live on a quiet creek on the Garland/Richardson border. Actually our sleepy little creek belongs to the City of Richardson, Richardson School District or so they tell me. It matters not. It’s my lovely haven for flora and fauna and I often wonder how paradise could be lovelier! During a rainfall our creek turns […]

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Eid Al Adha – A Story of Hajj

By Noor Saadeh - Sep 13 2016


After what seems like only weeks past the Eid of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate yet another festival – Eid Al Adha – the Festival of Sacrifice.  Eid Al Adha (pronounced as it looks: ‘eed al ad-ha), marks an important day and ritual in the once-in-a-lifetime Pilgrimage to Mecca – one of the five pillars of Islam. […]

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Islam and Race Relations (The Different)

By Noor Saadeh - Aug 21 2016


No Mean Girls resonates strongly within me. Although I grew up in a very ‘waspy’ (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) Midwestern city, I was fortunate to be born color blind –  not seeing someone’s skin tone, but sensing the person, the spirit first. I’m not so observant when it comes to physical features but very astute […]

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Secularism and the Burkini

By Noor Saadeh - Aug 15 2016


A crazy world! Nudity is ok but covering is not. And who is this for? The woman’s best interests or the man’s? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/burkini-cannes-islamophobia-banning-the-burkini-is-misogynistic-and-western-feminists-are-turning-a-a7188806.html My two cents. I know the world is currently horrified by the audacity of a woman to want to cover those charms that God has blessed her with – but take a […]

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Refugees: Let Them In?

By Noor Saadeh - Jul 28 2016


You know how when you are in the midst of one thing and then all the stars line up and God puts something in your path and you just can’t ignore all the signs? Although I had intended and even made good headway on a blog on an entirely different subject for this month, the […]

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Eid Mubarak! (Eed
Moo – Ba – Rack)

By Noor Saadeh - Jul 06 2016


Ok, what’s so great about Eid other than you get to eat during daylight hours and more importantly DRINK COFFEE?!  Last year I offered Plaid Ladies a short discourse on Ramadan so must follow up this time with a primer on Eid. Eid (Eed) basically means festival. This particular one following the month of Ramadan […]

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Honoring my Sister: Patricia Skinner

By Noor Saadeh - Jul 01 2016


Huda Asaaf (Nee Patricia Skinner) I lost a sister this month. Not a biological one but a very real sister nonetheless. My dear friend Huda Assaf passed away on a Friday morning after a determined and courageous battle against lung cancer. I can’t believe she didn’t beat it. You know the expression, “Be the kind […]

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Being, Not Doing

By Noor Saadeh - May 17 2016


This phrase caught my attention enough in the last few months that I know it’s not merely a coincidence but a wake-up call. It hit me like a ton of bricks. That’s been exactly my problem – an awful lot of doing and not a whole lot of being. I called it by many names […]

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Words on Mothers  from the Holy Qur’an and  Sayings of Prophet Muhammad
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Words on Mothers
from the Holy Qur’an and
Sayings of Prophet Muhammad

By Noor Saadeh - May 07 2016


Beautiful words of reflection for Mother’s Day. “We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth” (46:15).  ‘And God has made me dutiful to my mother…’ (19:32) (Jesus talking about his mother) Paradise is under her feet. The Prophet Muhammad […]