Ramadan Moonsighting; A Lesson in “Divide and Conquer”

Every year it's the same thing.  An epic battle rages on the internet between two different factions of Muslims.  I'm not talking Sunni vs Shia here - I'm talking about The Moonsighting Wars. Okay, here's the thing.  The Muslim religious calendar follows the lunar cycle.  We keep track of the moon and count the new month when the first sliver of a new moon is sighted every month.  I have a little calendar thingy on my iPhone.  It tells me that today is the sixteenth of the month of Sha'abaan.  T … [Read more...]

Autstic Kids at my Eid Party? Sure, Why Not?

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Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. So Ramadan is almost at an end and I'm planning my Eid party.  We decided last year that in order to make the Muslim Holy Days / holidays special, we'd have a big get-together with a bounce house, snacks, crafts, and lots of friends.  Our first Eid party was small but fun with several families and the neighborhood kids.  The bounce house was a major success.  I just made my reservation for a large Dora / Diego bounce house for our party set for September 1.  I crea … [Read more...]

Merry Happy Christmas Hanukkah Festivus New Year Diwali Secretaries’ Day!

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Salaam Alaikum,Merry Christmas.  Happy New Year.  Feliz Navidad.  Happy Hanukkah.  Happy Festivus (for the rest of us).  Merry FSM Day (Google it).So many holidays, so much HARAAAAAAAM!Since I basically live on Facebook, it is my window to the world.  Most of my Facebook friends are Muslim, and a whole lot of my world was busy telling the rest of my world, in BLARING I'M SHOUTING AT YOU, YOU IGNORANT PERSON CAPS, that they were committing a sin by - snorting heroin?  smoking crack … [Read more...]

In the Midst of the Eid

Salaam Alaikum wa RahmatullahWell, it's about 2 pm on the first day of Eid.  Children have been dressed, hustled into their carseats, unloaded, shepherded to the Eid hall, given candy, shushed, given more candy, chased around the hall, had pictures taken, been told "mashaAllah" a hundred times, loaded back into the van, driven home, fed a huge pancake and french toast breakfast, changed into play clothes, and given their Eid loot.  Things are quiet at the moment.  The kids are playing qu … [Read more...]

Another Eid, Another Scramble

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Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah Eid al Adha is rapidly approaching.  Where did the time go?  I thought the first Eid was just over.  The bounce house, the visitors, the food, the hyperactive children running through the yard?  And now, a mere three days from now, I have to muster the strength to wake up early and dress five children and shepherd them to an Eid prayer I won't even hear before I've even had my first cup of coffee.The Eids always catch me unaware.  Every year I promise myself tha … [Read more...]


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