I Plan, God Laughs

Welcome To The Future Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” -- Corrie ten BoomA soft plush white ball. A small turquoise blue-striped oblong pillow. A puppy-dog pillow pet. A fuzzy throw that is supposed to be draped on our sofa. These are the four go-to’s for D when he is feeling unwell or his anxiety is up, and he needs to stuff something up his shirt.Usually the signs are clear and indicative of the level of his anxiety or well-being. The arms go in the shirt. The hood goes up on his … [Read more...]

The Grinch Who Removed Christmas (and Rosh Hashanah and Easter)

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The verdict is in.Neither shall there be Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur - written on the public school calendar in Montgomery County, Maryland, that is.Muslims in Montgomery County have been petitioning the school board for years to add Eid (Eid-al-Adha in this case, since Eid-al-Fitr, which comes at the end of Ramadan, is currently in the summertime) to the school calendar. Finally, the school board voted 7-1 Tuesday not make Eid-al-Adha a student holiday but rather ... … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes the “Love, InshAllah” blog

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A few years back a manuscript (for review purposes) came mailed to my house, not too long after I joined Patheos as the managing editor of the Muslim channel. It was Love, InshAllah - The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. I was hooked. Some chapters spoke to me, some shocked me and made me really uncomfortable, while others made me reflect more on love in my own relationships.  More than anything, it made me think of the conversations about love and relationships that I want to have … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes Ro Waseem and Quranalyze It

Ro Waseem, via his twitter handle!

Last summer a young Muslim guy got in touch with me via social media, looking to see if Altmuslim or Patheos Muslim could publish some of his articles. He sent me a link to his blog, Quranalyze It, and proceeded to send me messages upon messages, picking my brain on publishing, analytics, what I and other editors look for in articles, how to get published on various sites (to which I had to say - hey my friend, no offense but why would I tell you how to get published on Huffington Post Religion … [Read more...]

Ten Things to Know About Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner Kailash Satyarthi

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The news and social networks exploded this morning with articles on the latest winners of the Nobel Peace Prize -- 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai and 60-year-old childrens right's activist Kailash Satyarthi. Suffice to say, the world has heard a great deal about Malala, literally breathing her heroic story of being a shot by the Taliban in the Swath region of Pakistan, to her miraculous recovery  and finally harnessing the world's attention showered upon her to advocate for girls' … [Read more...]

Will He Be OK?

The thoughts are difficult to shift aside in the waning hours of the night. They have been building up over the day, over the years even, and they settle in heavier when he struggles with nighttime anxiety and sleep. It’s easy to lose oneself in the day to day, because the day to day takes all the energy you can muster. But since the minute he was born, we have been in an inexorable march towards an uncertain future.I can’t keep hiding behind the day to day.And while some days I hold on a … [Read more...]

Seven

Hamza and Mamma

It’s a Friday night, and I’m doing one of the things I love most to do – watching your little legs pump furiously up and down the field as you chase after the ball with your teammates, playing the kind of crazy, legs-a-flying soccer that only five- and six-year-olds can play. There is a cloud of legs and dust wherever the ball goes, and finally, after four seasons of playing, your “one shining moment” has come:You score!You run down the field and leap into my arms, pumping your fists and … [Read more...]


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