Ten Things to Know About Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Kailash Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi

The news and social networks exploded this morning with articles on the latest winners of the Nobel Peace Prize -- 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai and 60-year-old childrens right's activist Kailash Satyarthi. Suffice to say, the world has heard a great deal about Malala, literally breathing her heroic story of being a shot by the Taliban in the Swath region of Pakistan, to her miraculous recovery  and finally harnessing the world's attention showered upon her to advocate for girls' … [Read more...]

Will He Be OK?

The thoughts are difficult to shift aside in the waning hours of the night. They have been building up over the day, over the years even, and they settle in heavier when he struggles with nighttime anxiety and sleep. It’s easy to lose oneself in the day to day, because the day to day takes all the energy you can muster. But since the minute he was born, we have been in an inexorable march towards an uncertain future.I can’t keep hiding behind the day to day.And while some days I hold on a … [Read more...]

Hajj 2014 – Never Say Never – Umrah with Our Autistic Daughter

Mehreen and her Baba performing Umrah.

This article is part of Patheos Muslim’s and Altmuslim’s Hajj 2014 reflection series, which is focusing on the good, the difficult and everything in between about the holy days of Dhul Hijjah, the Hajj pilgrimage and Eid ul Adha, the second major holiday for Muslims. Although this post is about an Umrah trip, it ties into the spirit of the Hajj.Editor's Note: This post is written by my friend and guest writer, Joohi Tahir, about the Umrah she and her family did a few years back. Joohi's daug … [Read more...]

#RaisingMuslimMen: Thanking Husain Abdullah for Living out His Faith

Husain Abdullah

In 2012 NFL players and brothers Hamza and Husain Abdullah missed the season so they could take a month to perform the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah and its surrounding regions. In a sport where players are vying to get signed, negotiating bigger contracts, fighting injuries and striving for top performances, these young Muslim men left their respective teams with no guarantee that they’d receive contracts again, just so they could perform the Hajj.Four words: Muslim male role models.For any … [Read more...]

Seven

Hamza and Mamma

It’s a Friday night, and I’m doing one of the things I love most to do – watching your little legs pump furiously up and down the field as you chase after the ball with your teammates, playing the kind of crazy, legs-a-flying soccer that only five- and six-year-olds can play. There is a cloud of legs and dust wherever the ball goes, and finally, after four seasons of playing, your “one shining moment” has come:You score!You run down the field and leap into my arms, pumping your fists and … [Read more...]

Autism and the (Desi) Dinner Party

photo courtesy of Mareenasrecipecollection.com

This is the first time I’ve seen you looking relaxed, she said to me.Really?You always looked tense. This is the first time you don’t.Uh, thanks, I said to her. It didn’t take a genius to know what the difference was between this party and all the others we had attended prior to it – it was the first time we had decided not to bring Lil D with us and had left him home with a babysitter.We have some desi (South Asian) cultural traditions that are pretty set in stone – parties are … [Read more...]

What I’ll Never Forget – 9/11 Reflections of a Muslim American Woman

photo courtesy of CAIR

Editor's note - this post is a guest post by Tahera Rahman.By Tahera Rahman Thirteen years ago, I was in P.E class playing tag when one of my classmates told me that two airplanes had just crashed into the twin towers. All I could say was, "What?" My 10-year-old mind couldn't comprehend the who/what/why/how of it all. And, for the rest of the day, no matter how many explanations I got from my teachers, my parents and the news, I couldn't understand.Today, I still don't understand. I … [Read more...]


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