muslim science

NASA scientist Sidd Bikkannavar says he was forced to unlock phone at airport

  • Before it was temporarily halted by federal judges, President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban affected thousands of people worldwide. While much of the focus has rightly been on the refugees and immigrants whose lives were affected by the ban, it’s also affected U.S. citizens — including a NASA scientist.
  • Sidd Bikkannavar, who works in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Jan. 30 upon returning to the United States from Santiago, Chile, the Verge reported.  Read more.

This 14-year-old Muslim American student was detained for bringing a homemade clock to school 

Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim student was arrested at his high school in Irving, Texas, after bringing a homemade clock to class, which school officials mistook for a bomb. Mohamed showed his engineering teacher first, but when the alarm went off later in the day, that’s when the trouble started. 

During the so called, “Islamic Golden Age”, many of the scientists, inventors, philosophers, and mathematicians that lived under Islamic rule were hardly believers of the tenants of Islam, ironically many were secular Persians who cared about science more than religion (* See note below), and many questioned religion openly. They just happened to live under a Caliphate that conquered a large portion of the world. Besides, even if they were devout Muslims who spent their whole lives following and believing everything in the Quran, which they did not, their achievements had nothing to do with Islam, they just lived under Muslim rule! However, in the 21st century, apparently, Islam should be credited with what they achieved, even though Islam, the religion itself, not only had nothing to do with their works, but was heavily questioned by many of them in a way that could get you killed in some Muslim countries today!

* The irony is the fact that many Muslims in the Middle East today refer to Persians by using the derogatory term of “Ajam”. Many do not even consider Persians to be “real Muslims”, but if they were scientists in the Middle Ages and held no strong religious beliefs, everything they achieved is attributed to Islam.

Celebrating 50 Original Posts!

On Saturday December 17, 2016, I wrote my very first blog post here on Tumblr. I have been so well-received and gained more than 150 followers in just the first week online. Today is Friday February 3, 2017. Yesterday, I celebrated my 50th blog post and I wanted to thank all 361 of my followers. You are part of the reason I keep writing, so thank you! Reading my original content, liking it, and reblogging it makes me feel really special.

Future Blogging Plans

Because I titled this blog “After My Shahada” I try to make every post related to me being a revert Muslim. However, as you have seen, I also have included content about my deafness, my love life, my goals, my health/fitness journey, and I have even written a few controversial posts. From here on out, I will continue posting original content daily, but I hope to incorporate more aspects of my life in my posts. I am more than just a revert Muslim.

Follow Me on Social Media!

If you’d like to follow me on my various other social media, please do! I have many followers on Facebook and Instagram, but I am admitatly new to Twitter. If you can help me make a breakthrough on Twitter, I would really appreciate that!
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Catch Up on Posts You May Have Missed!

If you want to catch up on my previous 50 blog posts, the links are down below for you to enjoy. Explore, like, and reblog, please! Continue commenting, asking questions, and messaging me. I’m here for praise, suggestions, criticism, advice, friendship, inspiration, and more. 

Click on the title of the bold article title to read the article.

1. I am Muslim

2. Vegan Muslim 

3. I Don’t Wear Hijab 24/7 

4. Islam Loves My Doggy! 

5. Islam and Yoga: Compatible? 

6. I am Muslim and my Boyfriend is not Muslim 

7. Christmas for a Muslim 

8. Winter in Wisconsin 

9. Prayer for a New Muslim 

10. Hospitality and Islam 

11. Preparing for my Shahada

12. My Shahada: Official 

13. Coming Out Part 1: Email to My Family 

14. Book: My Accidental Jihad 

15. My Personal Goals for 2017 

16. Give Your Life Direction 

17. I am a Deaf Muslim 

18. Global Deaf Muslims 

19. Who Injures Themselves While Praying? Me, Duh

20. Coming Out Part 2: My Family’s Response 

21. Relationship with my Parents 

22. Learning Arabic: Yikes! Learn from my Mistakes 

23. Liberal Islam: I tend to be Unorthodox 

23. Sharia Law: What You Probably Don’t Know 

24. Cardamom Tea 

25. Worship Series Part 1: Prayer Beads 

26. Worship Series Part 2: Types of Prayer 

27. Feeling Like an Outside: Do I Belong? 

28. Worship Series Part 3: Muslim Zombies 

29. Women Praying on their Period: Do it! 

30. Worship Series Part 4: Learning to Pray as a Deaf Muslim 

31. Veganism: Extreme? Nah. 

32. SOLACE: Helping Revert Sisters Around the World 

33. Backbiting 

34. Penguins: My FAVORITE Animal 

35. Science and Religion: Incompatible? 

36. Manitowoc, Wisconsin: My Home 

37. Trump vs Obama: White House Website 

38. My Fears as a Muslim Woman: The Trump Regime 

39. Muslim March: Of Course It Is Ignored By the Media 

40. Planned Parenthood 

41. Muslims and Mental Illness 

42. Muslim Pro 

43. Muslim Ban Part 1 

44. Muslim Ban Part 2 

45. Snow! Snow! Snow! 

46. Online Dating for Muslims 

47. Social Media: Follow Me

48. Reza Aslan: Author and Scholar

49. You Fear What You Don’t Understand

50. Full Equality and Inclusion for Those with Differing Abilities


Please continue to read, like, and reblog my content, ESPECIALLY this post.
Thank you so much!
You guys are so awesome!

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Elements of Person

Those that live within Fire 

  • Seek Answers 
  • Rebel 
  • Me attitude

Fire allows one to purify the Path

Those that live within Water

  • Seek questions
  • Flow with life
  • Them attitude

Water allows one to cleanse the Path

Those that live within Air

  • Absorb information
  • Creative Ideas
  • Us attitude. 

Air allows one to prepare the Path. 

Those that live within Earth

  • Spread Wisdom
  • Connects all
  • I am 

Earth allows one to be the Path. 

Everyone comes from different Paths.

Create a smooth terrain for others Paths.