UPDATE: Duke University Cancels Decision for Weekly Adhan to be Called on Campus

Scroll below for additional information and photos Congratulations Franklin Graham. Guess you’ve succeeded. In about 24 hours since I first started seeing the article that Duke University made the decision to allow Muslim students to give the adhan (call to prayer) on Fridays from the bell tower of its chapel, that decision has been rescinded. According to this ABC News article: In a release Thursday, the university said Muslims will instead gather on the quadrangle before heading into a room… Read more

#JeSuisCharlie – When Will Clemency and Kindness Prevail over Extremism?

I’m wagering that when many of us (speaking to Muslims now, or people who have read a bit about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him) were growing up or first starting to learn about our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we were told the story of the Prophet and the woman who threw garbage on him. As the hadith goes, as this was told to me by my parents, when the Prophet Muhammad was trying… Read more

The Here and the Now

We sat and played scrabble on the futon in our “cozy” New York City apartment. She was a new bride, as was I. I was even more newly pregnant with our first child – just a few weeks and on bed rest. My husband was in his first year of residency and hers was interviewing for a residency position in the city, which was why she was spending the day with me. (Her husband’s parents and mine were friends.) We… Read more

The Non-Negotiables

As the kids grow, especially with A entering in her tween-coming-into-teen-middle-school-years, our stories, struggles, challenges and joyful moments take on a different flavor. And what I’m able to share with you about those stories changes as well. Because even though A is as eager as ever to see herself in my writing and know that this story isn’t just her brother’s story (which it isn’t), I know there are things that she’d rather not have the whole world know. I’ve… Read more

#IllRideWithYou – The World I Want to Raise My Children In

Perhaps – no, I’m certain – that these are the images and these are the stories we need to remember. Christians joining hands to protect Muslims bowing down in prayer in Tahrir Square in February of 2011 while protests and fighting raged around them. Or in 1941 Sarajevo, when Zejneba Hardaga, a veiled Muslim woman, covered the yellow star on her Jewish friend Rivka Kalb’s left arm as they walked through the streets. Or today when Australian Rachel Jacob tweeted… Read more

Dear Pope Francis, Thanks for Bringing Love to Those with Autism

I was sitting with a group of newcomers, reverts, new and old friends yesterday at a luncheon our halaqa (Islamic study group) had put together to reach out to anyone new to our community. In speaking with our small group about why we need to reach out to each other and stay connected, a sister in the group made an important observation (paraphrasing): It can be hard for reverts (converts to Islam) in our community. They can feel lost or… Read more

I Plan, God Laughs

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” — Corrie ten Boom A soft plush white ball. A small turquoise blue-striped oblong pillow. A puppy-dog pillow pet. A fuzzy throw that is supposed to be draped on our sofa. These are the four go-to’s for D when he is feeling unwell or his anxiety is up, and he needs to stuff something up his shirt. Usually the signs are clear and indicative of the level of… Read more

The Grinch Who Removed Christmas (and Rosh Hashanah and Easter)

The verdict is in. Neither shall there be Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur – written on the public school calendar in Montgomery County, Maryland, that is. Muslims in Montgomery County have been petitioning the school board for years to add Eid (Eid-al-Adha in this case, since Eid-al-Fitr, which comes at the end of Ramadan, is currently in the summertime) to the school calendar. Finally, the school board voted 7-1 Tuesday not make Eid-al-Adha a student holiday but rather… Read more

No Matter How Hard the Living in Autism Land, We All Deserve to Live.

Let’s start by saying this: Human life has value. It has worth and meaning. No matter how hard a struggle one’s life may be, no matter how tough things get for the one living his life and secondly for others who are helping that person to live his life — life is precious. We all have the right to live, a right that no one should ever take away. London McCabe deserved to live. As did Jude Mirra. Isabelle Stapleton,… Read more

Patheos Welcomes the “Love, InshAllah” blog

A few years back a manuscript (for review purposes) came mailed to my house, not too long after I joined Patheos as the managing editor of the Muslim channel. It was Love, InshAllah – The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. I was hooked. Some chapters spoke to me, some shocked me and made me really uncomfortable, while others made me reflect more on love in my own relationships.  More than anything, it made me think of the conversations… Read more

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