One Year Later, Adnan Syed (of “Serial”) is Granted A New Hearing

I think that noise you heard was the collective mic being dropped.Adnan Syed, who's case became world-famous as the first featured story on the podcast Serial, is officially getting the second chance his team has been fighting for.First his friend and arguably his most vocal and dedicated advocate, Rabia Chaudry, teased us by saying on Facebook, "Big news in Adnan's case about to drop! Alhamdulillah!"And minutes later the news begin filling up all our social media feeds:A B … [Read more...]

His Happily Ever After

So how is he doing?I pause at the question, put forth to me by D’s case worker. She and I meet four times a year to chat about D’s wellbeing, our challenges, what he needs, what he is struggling with, and what kind of supports he (and all of us) could use.Yeah, he’s fine, I say. Then I pause. He’s fine is my stock response – my saying everything is ok, when in fact “ok” becomes such a loaded word with things left said and unsaid.Wait, let me backtrack. Actually there’s a lot going on … [Read more...]

Why We ‘Shared What We Shared’

So get this – many of Halloween’s cultural practices stem from Christianity, not Paganism. And, while some Atheists are anti-theists, a great many others are not and struggle to find a way to criticize religion without being bigots. Some Evangelical Christians feel that if they weren’t Evangelical, they’d be Buddhist.And, argues one Jewish writer, the collective Jewish communal theology of victimhood and defensiveness is a “poor substitute for a brilliant galvanizing and inspiring religious v … [Read more...]

We are Better than the Hate

Here’s how today went thus far:Got up, overslept. Bleary-eyed, stumbled into the bathroom, then went to wake the kids. As usual, eight-year-old H fought me on getting up.With the usual mantra of hurry, hurry! Come on! You’re going to miss the bus! – I nagged H into getting himself ready, clothes on, teeth brushed.Breakfast for the kiddos, lunches packed, sent H off on the bus and A off in her carpool to middle school.Upstairs, D was up, but not out of bed. I went up, greeted him, … [Read more...]

A Muslim #PrayerforEveryone – Prayer Backed with Action to Achieve Global Goals

There is this: "It is He who produces gardens with trellises and without, and dates and tilth with produce of all kinds, and olives and pomegranates similar and different. Eat of their fruit in their season, but render the dues that are proper on the day that the harvest is gathered. And waste not by excess: for Allah loves not the wasters. (Quran, 6:141)" I have a friend in California who is extremely worried about the ongoing drought, what affect it will have on the environment for years to … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak and the Blessings of Family

Don’t ever take your family for granted.Ever. ********** The alarm on my phone beeped to wake me to get ready for Eid prayers. I swiped it to turn it off and noticed litany of messages, as usual. One stuck out at me – my sister in law messaging a group of us to tell us there had been a stampede in the Mina camps, and hundreds of Hajjis had died.Innal lilahi wa inna lilayhi raji’oon. From God we come and to God we return.If you are a believer like me then you believe that those who p … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Help Your Child with Special Needs Succeed in a Religious School

Editor's Note: Raising my son D (who is autistic) and contemplating what a religious education -- whether in a day school or a Sunday school -- has to offer children like him is something I've thought a lot about. While I never considered enrolling D in our local Sunday School or religious day school (because his needs were to great for them to accommodate), I know others in my community who have struggled to get their special needs children enrolled in a religious educational … [Read more...]

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