Dilshad Ali – Why I am a Muslim

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Patheos is asking its writers and bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … in about 200 words. This is my response.He sits in the bathtub as the water fills up. I add some bubble bath and when the tub fills, I turn off the tap. He’s at peace, humming, gathering suds in his hands. I go into the bedroom to put the laundry away and hear the buzz of the Jacuzzi jets go on.The bubbles have taken over, until Lil D is drowning in foam that spills over the tub. His sister brings up cookie tr … [Read more...]

The Failure of the American Muslim Community to Help Those with Special Needs

Lil D and his Baba making tawaf.

“He (Musa) said: ‘Oh my Lord! Expand my breast for me and make my affair easy to me, and loose the knot from my tongue (that) they may understand my word … (Quran 20:25:28)”One and a half years ago, I took the plunge and began sharing our son’s life lived with autism, my struggles with keeping strong in my Islamic faith and residing at this intersection of faith and autism. With a post on Ramadan Despair, I shared what was then my lowest point, and I had no purpose in laying bare our struggle … [Read more...]

Rabia Chaudry – Why I Am A Muslim

Rabia Chaudry

This is a guest post from Rabia Chaudry, who is a columnist for Altmuslim on the Patheos Muslim Channel. Patheos is asking its writers and bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … This is Rabia's response.I am a Muslim least of all because I was born into a Muslim family, and most of all because it elevates my existence.My body is disciplined through fasting and ritual prayer. My soul is disciplined through worship, contemplation and sacrifice.My quest for the material has me … [Read more...]

The Magician Who Can’t Make Autism Numbers Disappear

Autism puzzle

He’s a regular parlor-room magician. But instead of pulling a never-ending trail of colorful handkerchiefs or a bouquet of flowers from his sleeves, we are retrieving remote controls, spoons, wads of tissues, beads, toy cars, small stuffed animals and hairbrushes.Yesterday, when I announced bed time to him, he stood up sleepily and started to stagger upstairs. In true Lil D style of late, he was wearing two hoodies over an undershirt.(He just finds them around the house and piles them o … [Read more...]

Hesham Hassaballa – Why I am a Muslim

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This is a guest post from Patheos Muslim Channel columnist Hesham Hassaballa. Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A …When this question was posed to me, I had to pause for a second and think: Why am I a Muslim? Indeed, I was raised Muslim, but I had a faith crisis during university years, and I still chose Islam after that crisis abated. Why?Well, its strict monotheism makes complete sense to me. Moreover, its culmination of all the Prophetic tradition -- from Ad … [Read more...]

Yes, Autism is also Medical – The Story You Need to Read of Alex Spourdalakis

harness

I helped Lil D get ready for school this morning, as I always do. Wake up, go to the bathroom, strip sheets that have been dirtied by yet another accident, brush teeth, change clothes, downstairs for breakfast. Put lunch in his backpack, and when the time comes, put the harness on and escort him to the bus.Lil D has worn a harness on the bus for years. On the special needs bus my son rides, you need to be in a harness if you have a tendency to leave your seat, encroach others or have … [Read more...]

A New Pope, A New Beginning and Pi in its Infinite Possibilities

Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony

3.14159265359 and so on and so on.Pi, in its infinite glory, on Pi day – March 14 – 3-14.On this day the new Pope Francis is already making his mark on the Catholic world and the world at large, proving, as my friend and fellow Patheos Catholic Channel blogger Joanne K. McPortland says, that this is a “good day to think about all that is infinitely unrepeatable.”As I said in my post in February when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, my area of expertise is Islam and Muslims … [Read more...]


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