A Muslim #PrayerforEveryone – Prayer Backed with Action to Achieve Global Goals

Courtesy of #PrayerforEveryone

There is this: "It is He who produces gardens with trellises and without, and dates and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates similar and different. Eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. And waste not by excess: for Allah loves not the wasters. (Quran, 6:141)" I have a friend in California who is extremely worried about the ongoing drought, what affect it will have on the environment for years to … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak and the Blessings of Family


Don’t ever take your family for granted.Ever. ********** The alarm on my phone beeped to wake me to get ready for Eid prayers. I swiped it to turn it off and noticed litany of messages, as usual. One stuck out at me – my sister in law messaging a group of us to tell us there had been a stampede in the Mina camps, and hundreds of Hajjis had died.Innal lilahi wa inna lilayhi raji’oon. From God we come and to God we return.If you are a believer like me then you believe that those who p … [Read more...]

#IStandWithAhmed – Parenting Black Kids, Parenting Brown Kids, Parenting Muslim Kids

Public tweet about Ahmed Mohamed

Counting to ten isn’t going to help today. Maybe counting to ten thousand. I’m not sure about that either.We are affected by that which is close to us. That which we identify with. That in which we see ourselves. It’s just the way it is, which is why I struggle to get more people to care about autism and the needs and rights of those living with special needs and disabilities.We know this life inside and out. And so my younger two kids know autism because their oldest brother is autis … [Read more...]

ISNA Disability Narratives: A Purpose to Why God Created You As You Are

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Photo User HORIZON

This post is part of a short series of disability narratives shared by the speakers and moderator (me!), who will be part of a panel discussion on "Finding Our Voice: Sharing our Disability Experiences to Seek Empowerment and Affect Change" this Saturday at the Islamic Society of North America convention. We're hoping to show how sharing our stories is a way to build community and change perceptions.By Sara MinkaraRed. Yellow. Green. Orange—all the colors of fall that many of us look fo … [Read more...]

Engaging v. Disengaging: When Working With ISNA Means the Push for Women-Friendly Mosques

Women in the mosque, photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, user Stephanie Keith

It’s a debate I’ve watched from the sidelines for several years within the American Muslim community.When organizations (or the government agencies or administrations) are making missteps, deliberately harming or are simply and woefully behind the times when it comes to positive engagement and necessary progress, is better to disengage (even boycott), or is it better to constructively criticize and work from within the system – and thereby risk being lumped with some of those missteps – to af … [Read more...]

Standing Up for Victims: the Institute for Islamic Ed. Sex Abuse Case

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of user Dana Beverly

Why I chose to share our story:I want to tell our community that we have a religious obligation to stand up for the truth, to bring justice to the victims, to get our facts straight before we pass judgments. I want every parent who is questioning this to look at their child's innocent face and ask themselves the question: if they would have reacted in the same way if it was their child. I want them to remember that while you carry on with your life, some victim somewhere is struggling to … [Read more...]

Strength of Conviction – A Dynamic Future for Islam

Photo from Flickr Creative Commons of a 2008 Muslim Pride Parade - photo user Stephanie Keith

This post is part of Patheos' Future of Religion Summer Series, focusing this week on the Future of Islam. Click here to read more perspectives.One of the biggest lessons I've learned in 15 years of covering Muslims in America is this - we are surer of ourselves, stronger in our agreements and disagreements and proud and protective of our place as Muslims on a national and global stage.At a kitchen table, though I own a desk set up in a study converted from a dining room, I sit and … [Read more...]