Happy Birthday #Patheos5Yrs – Reflecting on Five Great Years and My Favorite Posts from Patheos Muslim!

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I know many Muslims are on the fence regarding celebrating birthdays or not -- you know, whether it is a bid'ah (innovation on religion) or not. But I have to say -- Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!You hear a lot from me about faith, family and autism as the author of the "Muslimah Next Door" blog -- but you may not know that I also work as the managing editor of the Muslim Channel at Patheos. I've been with Patheos for three years now and am thrilled to be here for this multifaith and blogging … [Read more...]

The Honesty Policy, “Happy” and Our Culture of Opinions

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You had to expect it, especially with the social-media driven, lightening-speed landscape in which we live today.Yesterday, The Honesty Policy, a blog out of the United Kingdom that is “a group of young and curious Muslims saying what you’re thinking. Honestly. Those thoughts, moments and reflections you’ve always had, but just never could quite express them …” released a video weeks in the making: a group of British Muslims lip synching and dancing to Pharrell’s breakaway hit, “Happy.” … [Read more...]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Yusuf Islam on Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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Come on, raise your hand -- you know you've been a fan of  Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) over the years! In anticipation of his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the popular singer/songwriter appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," performing some of his most popular hits. Take a look:And one more!Like so many, I've loved Yusuf Islam's music over the years and have appreciated his Islamic journey, from when he turned away from the music of his past, to his … [Read more...]

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

Photo courtesy of New York Daily News

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...]


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