How to Help Those Affected by the California Wildfires – 2.0

I'm disheartened as I find myself writing another version of a similarly titled rant. The wildfires burning across not just the state of California, but the entire western US region is alarming and heartbreaking. Mainly caused by the effects of climate change and a few dumb human mistakes, these fires have now become one of…

How to Support the Beirut Relief Efforts

As you many all be aware, on August 4th, at 6pm local time, a massive explosion took place at the Seaport of Beirut in Lebanon. It appears the cause of the explosion was due to the accidental ignition of over 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely for many years at the ports. https://twitter.com/MsHalaCo/status/1291430788873904129 This…

A Moment of Reflection

The other day, I went out for a walk after staying home for a good week straight. Upper Great Highway by the Ocean Beach Trail was (and still is) closed to traffic. The skies were a bit gloomy, the air was cold and the waves were hushed. I just stood there in the middle of…

Be Like Shabana. Be a Beggar for Life

Be Like Shabana. Be a #BeggarForLife. Yesterday's funeral services for our sister and friend Shabana Patel was bittersweet. We gathered amongst hundreds from many communities to support her children and honor her life. We hugged, wept, smiled and laughed remembering her warm hugs, tears, smiles and laughter. Shabana always deemed herself a #BeggarForLife as she…

Paid Your Zakat Yet?

If you haven't paid your zakat yet, now is the time to do so. Here's more info on what zakat is and who qualifies to receive it.