A Note From Jamal

Chasing Hope

In God We Trust

It’s been a while since I’ve written and a lot has happened since then.   

I started paliative chemotherapy in July of last year.  It was three sessions of doxorubicin and ifosfamide. I would spend three nights in the hospital while receiving it every three weeks.  It was the worst thing I ever experienced in my life. 

The side effects would kick in on around the third night.  It started with a really sick feeling, like I was poisoned.  I would feel like i was burning up from the inside.  Then the vomiting would start and last for a couple of days.  Also, every smell was intolerable, and everything tasted horrible, even water. This would continue for about a week after the chemo session. 

It wasn’t without benefit though.  An MRI after the third session showed that the tumor in my abdomen had shrunk from about…

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Re-Opening A Wound: Hijab and Practical Issues Part 4

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Definition of Hijab

The chest, cleavage, back, neck and locks of hair from the sides are covered along with the forehead. Allah has said,

And say to the believing women that they lower their sight and that they preserve their private parts and that they do not reveal their beauty except what is apparent thereof from it and that they bring their khimars over themselves and that they do not reveal their beauty and ornaments except to their husbands or their fathers or their husbands’ fathers or their brothers or their brothers’ sons or their sisters’ sons or their women or their servants or attendant men or children who know nothing of women’s nakedness.

And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal their adornments that are hidden. And believers! Turn to Allah together in repentance so that you might succeed.[1]

It should also, in…

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