In Life and in Death, Muhammad Ali Proved to the World You can be Unapologetically Black, Muslim and American

Today the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is holding a political rally in my city of Richmond, VA. Hundreds of miles away in Louisville, KY, thousands upon thousands have gathered to see an Imam facilitate an interfaith memorial service for one of the most beloved Americans of our time – who happens to be a Muslim.The juxtaposition of those events today leaves no doubt in my mind that there is something extraordinary happening through the grace of God in the holy m … [Read more...]

How Muhammad Ali’s Janaza Prayer is His Last Gift to Muslims and the World

Tomorrow our beloved champ, G.O.A.T. and one of the most influential American Muslims of our generation -- Muhammad Ali -- will be laid to rest and have the Janaza prayer performed. It is a supremely solemn and profound moment for so many - Black Muslims, American Muslims, Muslims in general, sports fans and people the world who all felt a connection to the People's Champ.It's also an intensely moving and significant moment because Ali passed away in the first week of Ramadan, a most holy … [Read more...]

Ask Your Doctor About ‘Islamophobin’!

Do you suffer from fear of Muslims? Bigotry? Worse? This new drug might be the answer to restore your humanity! According to the literature:ISLAMOPHOBIN® is a multi-symptom relief for chronic Islamophobia.The maximum strength formula treats:Blind IntoleranceUnthinking BigotryIrrational Fear of MuslimsU.S. Presidential Election Year ScapegoatingSIDE EFFECTSSide effects include loss of Islamophobia and bigotry, development of ability to think rationally, and … [Read more...]

“Speechless” – ABC’s new Fall Comedy Focuses on Disability

I'll admit, this one got me kind of excited and laughing. As ABC is rolling out its promos for its new upcoming shows and comedies, I happened to catch the trailer for "Speechless," a new half-hour sitcom slated for the Fall 2016 schedule. It's described as: "Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mother who is willing to do anything for her family. Her son, JJ (Michah Fowler) has cerebral palsy and she will fight for justice in order to give him what he deserves."They manage to fit in most every … [Read more...]

It’s Not “Just Autism”

Ali Family Autism Truths #20 - April 20, 2016I pretty much don’t have to even write today’s Ali Family Autism Truths #20 (dude! Made it two-thirds of the way through!) – because my friend Nakia pretty much said it all today: I forgot yesterday's autism fact because Zak went to bed on time in his own bed, so I was a little spooked. But here you go: most aspects of ‪#‎autism that neurotypical people focus on are the social aspects -- the differing communication and play styles, or the way that … [Read more...]

On Block Formations and Autism Negativity

Ali Family Autism Truths #18 - April 18, 2016More than twelve years ago, a series of evaluations and research had led us to a life changing moment: We sat in an office at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, waiting for the head of the Behavior Developmental Pediatrics department to talk to us. She had done a series of evaluations on D and had consulted with his pediatrician and us.Soon, she ushered my husband, D and myself into her office. My mother-in-law sat with baby A, then barely … [Read more...]

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream. There’s the (Autistic) Rub

Ali Family Autism Truths #8 - April 8, 2016At 5:30 a.m., my phone rang. Or rather, it vibrated on the nightstand next to my bed. When I woke out of deep sleep to its hum and grabbed it, bleary eyed, I saw that it was my mother-in-law, calling from downstairs (where their bedroom is).I began to panic. With my father-in-law home from the hospital seven days ago after his triple bypass surgery, and with them sleeping by themselves downstairs the past three days, the rule was that they … [Read more...]