Nominated for a 2010 Brass Crescent Award

Brass Crescent Awards

When I wrote the introduction to this website last year, I mentioned that one of my many inspirations for creating this site was sister Jinan Bastaki’s moving, scholarly and insightful series on Salat, written for Shaykh Suhaib Webb’s Virtual Mosque.

Since then, my article, “Remembering a Friend Who Died Badly, and Moving Beyond Blame” has been nominated for 2010’s Brass Crescent award. The Brass Crescents are annual awards that honor the best Muslim blogs and writing on the internet. My article has been nominated in the “Best Post or Series” category.

The irony is that one of my four co-nominees is Jinan Bastaki’s series on salat, the very series that I admired so much.

Sister Jinan’s articles are amazing, and it would be no shame to lose to her. But it’s nice to be recognized, and to be mentioned in such esteemed company, Alhamdulillah.

I’ll just keep on doing what I do, Insha’Allah.

Wael Abdelgawad, 11-7-2010

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Wael Abdelgawad is an Egyptian-American living in Fresno, California. He is the founder of several Islamic websites, including and, and also of various technology and travel websites. He is a writer and poet, and has been a web developer since 1997. This project,, is very dear to his heart, as it has allowed him to express ideas that have growing inside him for many years. Wael is divorced and has one lovely young daughter. He practices and teaches martial arts (somewhat obsessively), and loves Islamic books, science fiction, and vanilla fudge ice cream. Wael is an advocate for human rights and blogs about these issues at He is also a volunteer with the MyDeen Muslim youth organization in Fresno. Wael tagged this post with: , , , , , , , Read 267 articles by
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  1. María says:

    Certainly, you deserve being nominated to this award. You and Jinah talk in the same language.

    I see you are already touched by the nomination, I´m reading your work and I see why, this blog was born inside of your Heart, and you are revealing who you are through it, what has guided you in all your process, it is full of insights that only come through struggling and efforts to be a holy human being. God bless you. Thank you very much for sharing.

    • wael says:

      Maria, thank you so much, your comment touched me. You’re right, I have been through a lot in my life, including times of deep loneliness and pain. But I still retain my faith in the goodness of humanity. Since I began this blog I have found ideas and writing pouring out of me spontaneously, bringing together all the lessons I’ve learned in my life. It has been a powerful and rewarding experience.


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