About Dilshad Ali

Join the #DisabilityKhutba Campaign in Our Push for Inclusion, Recognition and Acceptance

“He (Musa) said: ‘Oh my Lord! Expand my breast for me and make my affair easy to me, and loose the knot from my tongue (that) they may understand my word … (Quran 20:25:28)”We are committed to owning our own narratives and taking action in many worthy arenas. But what about the most vulnerable in our communities? What of their families? What about the spiritual struggles of families with special needs — embracing them, including them, connecting them to resources, helping them in the myriad o … [Read more...]

On Ashura – A Day to Be Remembered, but Remembered How?

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Zainab Bint Younus, aka the Salafi Feminist.By Zainab Bint YounusIt is Allah alone who created the months of the year and it is He alone who chooses which of those months are sacred, and which of those days are meant to be days of celebration and commemoration. In the Sunnah of RasulAllah (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam), we have ample evidence of specific examples: the month of Ramadan, the last ten nights of Ramadan, the first ten days of Dhul … [Read more...]

5 Issues (Out of Many) to Focus on Instead of a “Hijabi” in Playboy

By Layla Abdullah-PolousEditor's Note: This piece is a guest post by Layla Abdullah-Polous, who founded the site Native born American Muslims.Writer’s Note: Although most readers know me for a certain writing style, occasionally, I need to let my indignation be my guide. This is one of those times.Initially, I really didn’t have more than a passing interest in the fact that a covered Muslim woman would have her name or face in a periodical like Playboy, its current brand change not … [Read more...]

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On the Front Lines of Autism, Not Terrorism

Like millions of other Americans (and global citizens), my husband, daughter and I gathered together to watch the first of the 2016 presidential debates between Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton. A mere ten minutes into it though, I was ready to check out.Not because I was fed up or frustrated with the debate, but because it was approaching D’s bedtime. So I headed to his room to hang out with him until he was fully sleepy and ready to call it a … [Read more...]

NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Monday morning routine is the same as always: Alarm rings, I turn it off. Lay in my bed with eyes shut for a few more minutes. Get up, utter the same morning prayer I have for decades, go to the bathroom. Look at my phone. Read the latest on the bombing in New York City and New Jersey as well as the stabbings in Minnesota.Put the phone down and go downstairs to make lunches. I open every kid’s door and turn on their lights and off their white noise m … [Read more...]

Eid-ul-Adha and the 15th Remembrance of 9/11 – How Should Muslims Proceed?

Many Muslims probably breathed a sigh of relief when the start of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah was declared to be on September 3 in the U.S. and many parts of the world. I know I did. This makes the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha fall on September 12, not on September 11 -- 9/11. Eid-ul-Adha, which commemorates the story of the Prophet Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son at the command of God, also coincides with the conclusion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Many Muslims were worried … [Read more...]

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Burkini Ban has been Overturned in France: 5 Lessons to Know and Remember

Embed from Getty ImagesMuslim women and allies let loose a cheer today when France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, overturned the ban that had been imposed in 26 of the country’s beach towns and cities, after public outrage culminated in a fever pitch when news articles and photos circulated of armed French police standing over a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, ordering her to remove her tunic to comply with the beach’s burkini banFrance endured nearly a month o … [Read more...]

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