Best Inspirational Moments (IMHO) from First Days of Rio Olympics

Embed from Getty ImagesHello. Lifelong Olympic junkie here, getting my kicks from the big-name and little-known athletes whose stories, endeavors, trials and tribulations squeeze the world's collective heart. From feeling the heartache as a child when speed skater Dan Jansen failed to medal (or complete) both of his events upon hearing of the death of his sister at the 1988 winter games, to the North and South Korean athletes putting politics aside marching together in the Opening … [Read more...]

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The Most Epic 6 Moments (Thus Far) from the Khizr and Ghazala Khan Story

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Khans vs. Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is the battle that just keeps holding the public’s attention way past the usual news cycle (much to the delight of many Muslims across the country). Four days after Khizr Khan made his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Trump was still tweeting comments about it, as the story quickly turned its focus on Ghazala Khan and her silence during her husband’s speech.Could an Elder Muslim “Au … [Read more...]

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7 Good, Bad and Ugly ‘Muslim Moments’ from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Embed from Getty ImagesAmerican Muslims – discussions about, insults and accusations, praises, accolades and acceptance – were a center focus in the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions. From Khizr Khan’s well-received speech in honor of his slain son, Captain Humayun Khan, to the invocation by Dr. Sherman Jackson at the DNC, to at the RNC where Sajid Tarar, a Muslim supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump gave an invocation while being booed – th … [Read more...]

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On Autism and Trust: The Saddest Happy Person

I’m either the happiest sad person in the world, or the saddest happiest person.We have the whole day to ourselves, just me and D. So I ask him – what do you want to do? We can go swimming! We could go to Jumpology! We could go to the park. We could go get fries. Whatever you want.He pauses for a minute, contemplating his choices, and then pulls me to our bed, which I’ve deliberately left unmade. We become a tangle of pillows and blankets, arms and legs in the ultimate cuddl … [Read more...]

Adnan Syed Granted a Retrial, ‘He’s Not Convicted Anymore.’

From one of the first blog posts Rabia Chaudry wrote about her childhood friend, Adnan Syed: For 15 years I’ve believed Adnan as he’s held on to his innocence. It has been a drawn out trauma for those of us who know and love Adnan. I’ve run around with his case files for years, sometimes in the trunk of my car, sometimes storing them at my mothers, sometimes at Adnan’s parents. I held on to them through a bad marriage, divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, moving, and moving, and moving. I rea … [Read more...]

‘I Will Love Until My Own Pulse Stops’ – Multiple Reflections on Orlando Shootings

To witness the world of beauty and oneness around the funeral of the people’s champ, Muhammad Ali, last week and less than 48 hours later wake up to the horrific mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida – the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history – by a man named Omar Mateen … well, words are insufficient to express how so very awful, sad and horrible this all is.It’s so very Pollyanna of me to say so, but I just don’t get why it’s so difficult for people to be, well, nice. W … [Read more...]

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...]