When an Autism Awareness Event is Anything But

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We’ve hit the middle of April, and while there was a flurry of focus on autism at the start of the month, it still is very much “Autism Awareness Month.” Awareness events sponsored by local and national organizations continue to occur across the United States, but sometimes I wonder how much real “awareness” is actually happening? How many of these events just serve as fundraisers for the organizations sponsoring it?Fundraising is not bad, and of course autism organizations must capitalize o … [Read more...]

Where Our Concern Should Be Right Now – With the Victims, Not the Faith of the Perpetrators of Violence

If you’re Muslim, you can’t help but be thinking, oh God – let it not be a Muslim. Please, don’t let whoever is behind the explosions at the Boston Marathon be Muslim. It crosses most of our minds. I’ll start with myself – from the time I was in college at the University of Maryland in the 1990s and the Oklahoma City bombing happened, to now, it’s the first thing I think when I hear about a bombing – please, don’t let it be a Muslim.But here’s the thing. That shouldn’t be our primary concern. … [Read more...]

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

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“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

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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

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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...]


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