What Drives Muslim Reverts/Converts to Distance Themselves from Other Muslims?

"Hey, you, yeah, you.The lady with the tattoos. The gal with the eyebrow piercings The chick with the blue hair.There is room for you in Islam."Nancy Qualls-Shehata, a revert/convert who blogs as the "Muslimah in Progress" at Patheos Muslim, wrote this great post two years back about how Islam has room for everyone. The one in tattoos, the one with piercings, the one in high heels and hair all a-flowing, the one "poured into skinny jeans." Knowing that too many times that the … [Read more...]

New York City Moving to Close School for Muslim Holidays – Lessons to Learn and Implement

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Great news coming out of New York City – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday that he’s “moving forward” with a nearly decade-long push to close schools for the Lunar New Year and for the Muslim holidays of Eid-ul-Fitr (occurring at the end of Ramadan) and Eid-ul-Adha (which coincides with the annual conclusion of the Hajj pilgrimage)."It’s complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget,” de Blasio said. “But it’s something I want to get don … [Read more...]

Do You ‘Mawlid’ One Day, One Month or All the Time?

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We trotted out an old classic this past weekend in our home – The Message, directed by Moustapha Akkad in 1977, and gathered mine and my sister-in-law’s children for a viewing. Being that it’s the month of Rabi’Awwal, which is considered to be the birth-month of the Prophet Muhammad (saw), my sister-in-law thought it would be a good way to reintroduce our kids to his message and his struggles in bringing Islam to the world.I remembered watching this film as a child myself, and how much of an … [Read more...]

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World

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I’ve been attending a halaqa (Islamic study circle) for nearly two years now – a small intimate group of ladies with whom I’ve grown very close to. Our halaqa is simple – we are studying, surah by surah the 30th juz (chapter) of the Quran, and we are studying, hadith by hadith, the Forty Hadith of Imam Al-Nawawi.The structure and methodology of our halaqa was determined long ago. Since we don’t have any teacher or scholar leading us, we all take turns presenting a surah and a hadith. And, sin … [Read more...]

Sen. Creigh Deeds and Our Mental Health Crisis

Creigh Deeds and his son. Photo from Eva Russo

Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was released from the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville on Friday, and upon getting home he tweeted this sad message:“I am alive so must live. Some wounds won’t heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me.”News cycles move on in an unremitting, relentless motion, with only the worst (or best or most viral) of stories and videos breaking free,  becoming a part of our national conversation. I’m afraid the terrible, tragi … [Read more...]

Are We Still Talking About the Hijab? Well, Yes

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There's a lot brewing in the American autism community this week, and while I'm mulling things over and how I feel about it (it's coming in a later post, I promise), I thought I'd leave autism out of the picture today (gasp! Is that possible?) and share with you some interesting hijab-related articles that have come my way from some our wonderful Patheos bloggers.I rarely write about the hijab (headscarf) on my blog, because there are much better writers covering all angles of this … [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...]


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