#BringOurGirlsBack – Where is the Outrage for Our Nigerian Sisters and Daughters? – UPDATE

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We had a lot to say and rail about when Mipsterz releases its “Somewhere in America” video with hip hijab-wearing ladies. We talked about slut-shaming and music being haram (or not) and everything in between. Then on International Women’s Day when  Sheikh Abu Eesa Niamatullah made extremely inappropriate jokes towards women, the global Muslim community rose  to fire opinions back and forth on that too.And when the Honesty Policy released its “British Muslim” video for “Happy,” we had a lot to … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday #Patheos5Yrs – Reflecting on Five Great Years and My Favorite Posts from Patheos Muslim!

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I know many Muslims are on the fence regarding celebrating birthdays or not -- you know, whether it is a bid'ah (innovation on religion) or not. But I have to say -- Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!You hear a lot from me about faith, family and autism as the author of the "Muslimah Next Door" blog -- but you may not know that I also work as the managing editor of the Muslim Channel at Patheos. I've been with Patheos for three years now and am thrilled to be here for this multifaith and blogging … [Read more...]

Autism Doesn’t End Like That

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So much -- and so little -- can happen in 30 days.The woods that spread out from our house are coming to life, with branches going from winter-bare to being covered in lush green. Spring is finally ushering its way in. I sat on our deck on April 2 – World Autism Day – devastated after a heartbreaking day of shocking news about you, and I watched you play. You swung back and forth on the hammock and jumped with abandon on our trampoline. The silence of our neighborhood was punctured by the hap … [Read more...]

30 Ali Family Autism Truths for Autism Awareness Month – the Second Ten

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When we fast in the holy month of Ramadan, our family has a saying -- the first 10 are easy. You fast with full spiritual joy and intensity, ready to really experience Ramadan. The second ten fasts are the hard ones.  You start to grow weary in body, mind and soul. Keeping up spiritual and faith practices grow hard during the second ten days. And then in the last ten days you feel a renewed exuberance. You are ready to recommit to your Ramadan goals, to push through to the end.The second set … [Read more...]

30 Ali Family Autism Truths for Autism Awareness Month – The First 10

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April is Autism Awareness Month. And as much as individuals with autism and those in the autism community feel that we are waaaaaaay beyond awareness and must be focused on action, I've come to realize in my nearly three years of chronicling our autistic son's (and our family's) life -- there is still so much people don't know or understand. For those who do not directly know someone with autism, they are still so unaware.Unaware about what it means to be autistic, what sorts of challenges … [Read more...]

The Honesty Policy, “Happy” and Our Culture of Opinions

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You had to expect it, especially with the social-media driven, lightening-speed landscape in which we live today.Yesterday, The Honesty Policy, a blog out of the United Kingdom that is “a group of young and curious Muslims saying what you’re thinking. Honestly. Those thoughts, moments and reflections you’ve always had, but just never could quite express them …” released a video weeks in the making: a group of British Muslims lip synching and dancing to Pharrell’s breakaway hit, “Happy.” … [Read more...]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Yusuf Islam on Jimmy Fallon (Video)

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Come on, raise your hand -- you know you've been a fan of  Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) over the years! In anticipation of his induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the popular singer/songwriter appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," performing some of his most popular hits. Take a look:And one more!Like so many, I've loved Yusuf Islam's music over the years and have appreciated his Islamic journey, from when he turned away from the music of his past, to his … [Read more...]


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