What Do You Take for Granted? Lessons From the Special Needs Eid Celebration

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By Saman Qureshi This is a guest post by Saman Qureshi, a colleague and friend of mine who blogs at Biscuits and Banarsi. Saman attended the Islamic Relief USA Day of Dignity Eid Festival two weeks back, where she and her children happened to wander over to the Special Needs Eids celebration, hosted by MAS-DC (Muslim American Society, DC Chapter). I had planned to attend the event with Lil D and our family and has traveled to the Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland area that weekend to my mother's. … [Read more...]

Pamela Gellar – Meet Jesse Pinkman

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Yes, this is a departure from what I tend to write, whether it's autism and family related or even about Muslims in America. Well, it relates to Muslims in America, but I admit upfront that it's snarky and out of character. But what can I say? Pamela Gellar brings it out in me. To preface - the husband and I are watching Breaking Bad. Lots of it. We got on the bandwagon as the series was ending in a blaze of glory, and are now finally up to season four. Now, if you know my husband, which … [Read more...]

What Would He Say?

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My friend tagged me in a post on Facebook – a beautiful video made of moms being asked how they would describe themselves as mothers. And in the snippets aired, the moms all talked about things they didn’t like about themselves as parents, or wanted to improve: Be more patience. Think before speaking. Be more confident as a mother. Then, the moms were brought back to watch videos of their children describing them. And here, the way the children viewed their mothers conveyed what … [Read more...]

Autistic and Missing – What Are We Going to Do?

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I stood in the lunchroom of my son’s school watching him go through his routine – get his lunch from the refrigerator, unzip his lunch box and take the Tupperware filled with biryani (of course he had biryani for lunch!) out and wait for his turn at the microwave. Then, when his turn came, he removed the lid and heated up his food, then took it to his table near the window to eat. This was all done with multiple gesture prompts and assistance, redirection, praise and sharp vigilance on … [Read more...]

A Special Eid for Special Needs Children – A Day of Dignity with Islamic Relief USA

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There are a few activities we really look forward to every year with Lil D, events geared towards the special needs population that embrace them and cater to their different needs; events that make every effort of accommodation and celebrate individuals with different abilities. These are the events where we can take easy breaths and not worry over the thousand little details we usually worry about. The events where we can say, these is our tribe, and nothing my kid does or doesn’t do will … [Read more...]

Eyes Open to His Wisdom

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The Hajjis are gathered on the plains of Arafat, the holiest, most wondrous day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage -- standing in prayer until the sun sets. Muslims are taught that God and his angels come down from the heavens and get as near as possible to the pilgrims, and He listens to the fervent, yearning prayers pouring forth from lips and hearts. And those prayers of Hajj pilgrims are surely answered, we are also taught. Because this pilgrimage, which able-body and financially-able Muslims … [Read more...]

Vote! Patheos Blogs (Including Mine) Nominated for Brass Crescent Awards

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Ok, this is my Sally Fields moment – you like me! You really, really like me! And not just me – but I feel your love for all the great bloggers, writers and columnists at the Patheos Muslim Channel, who throw their passion into their writing and share it with you. I’m so excited that six of our bloggers and upcoming bloggers have been nominated for a Brass Crescent award this year, which honors the best from the Muslim Blogosphere. Click here to vote! Our blogs are in the best of … [Read more...]


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