The Non-Negotiables

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As the kids grow, especially with A entering in her tween-coming-into-teen-middle-school-years, our stories, struggles, challenges and joyful moments take on a different flavor. And what I’m able to share with you about those stories changes as well. Because even though A is as eager as ever to see herself in my writing and know that this story isn’t just her brother’s story (which it isn’t), I know there are things that she’d rather not have the whole world know.I’ve been thinking about non- … [Read more...]

#IllRideWithYou – The World I Want to Raise My Children In

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Perhaps – no, I’m certain – that these are the images and these are the stories we need to remember.Christians joining hands to protect Muslims bowing down in prayer in Tahrir Square in February of 2011 while protests and fighting raged around them. Or in 1941 Sarajevo, when Zejneba Hardaga, a veiled Muslim woman, covered the yellow star on her Jewish friend Rivka Kalb’s left arm as they walked through the streets.Or today when Australian Rachel Jacob tweeted that a Muslim woman sitting o … [Read more...]

I Plan, God Laughs

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“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...]


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