ISNA Disability Narratives: A Purpose to Why God Created You As You Are

This post is part of a short series of disability narratives shared by the speakers and moderator (me!), who will be part of a panel discussion on "Finding Our Voice: Sharing our Disability Experiences to Seek Empowerment and Affect Change" this Saturday at the Islamic Society of North America convention. We're hoping to show how sharing our stories is a way to build community and change perceptions.By Sara MinkaraRed. Yellow. Green. Orange—all the colors of fall that many of us look fo … [Read more...]

Engaging v. Disengaging: When Working With ISNA Means the Push for Women-Friendly Mosques

It’s a debate I’ve watched from the sidelines for several years within the American Muslim community.When organizations (or the government agencies or administrations) are making missteps, deliberately harming or are simply and woefully behind the times when it comes to positive engagement and necessary progress, is better to disengage (even boycott), or is it better to constructively criticize and work from within the system – and thereby risk being lumped with some of those missteps – to af … [Read more...]

Standing Up for Victims: the Institute for Islamic Ed. Sex Abuse Case

Why I chose to share our story:I want to tell our community that we have a religious obligation to stand up for the truth, to bring justice to the victims, to get our facts straight before we pass judgments. I want every parent who is questioning this to look at their child's innocent face and ask themselves the question: if they would have reacted in the same way if it was their child. I want them to remember that while you carry on with your life, some victim somewhere is struggling to … [Read more...]

Strength of Conviction – A Dynamic Future for Islam

This post is part of Patheos' Future of Religion Summer Series, focusing this week on the Future of Islam. Click here to read more perspectives.One of the biggest lessons I've learned in 15 years of covering Muslims in America is this - we are surer of ourselves, stronger in our agreements and disagreements and proud and protective of our place as Muslims on a national and global stage.At a kitchen table, though I own a desk set up in a study converted from a dining room, I sit and … [Read more...]

The Srebrenica Genocide and the Bosnian War – Never Forget

To God we belong and to God we return. Please take the time to say a prayer, for these men and boys, and also for the survivors. So many lives cut short (in the span of 3 days). It's especially breathtaking (as in, I can't breathe) when I see DOBs so close to my own. While I was taking exams and learning how to drive, they were murdered in cold blood, a deliberate genocide. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. – Hind Makki, Patheos Muslim blogger at HindtrospectivesTwenty years ago, like H … [Read more...]

Book Review: “undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace

My life had changed. My Christian daughter became a Muslim.And my life and every single thing about life just flat-out flew apart.So here I sit today, ten years after my daughter made her announcement, staring at my keyboard in my belabored home office -- which also is a wreck and needs decluttering and an overhaul. Still, even in this mess, I commit to speak truth about the biggest mountain in my life that has yet to move.I wish my daughter wasn’t a Muslim.Wrong to say? P … [Read more...]

Mommy, Can I Draw the Prophet Muhammad?

Wendy Thomas Russell over on the Patheos Atheist channel has a blog called Natural Wonderers, which is about "raising curious, compassionate kids in a secular family." She occasionally runs a series called "Mommy, What's that?" that is "aimed at giving secular parents some simple, straightforward and open-minded ways to describe religious concepts." She approached me and some of the bloggers at Patheos Muslim to take part in a round table discussion around this question that a child may ask: … [Read more...]


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