On the Front Lines of Autism, Not Terrorism

Like millions of other Americans (and global citizens), my husband, daughter and I gathered together to watch the first of the 2016 presidential debates between Republican candidate Donald J. Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary R. Clinton. A mere ten minutes into it though, I was ready to check out. Not because I was fed up or frustrated with the debate, but because it was approaching D’s bedtime. So I headed to his room to hang out with him until he… Read more

NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear

Embed from Getty Images The Monday morning routine is the same as always: Alarm rings, I turn it off. Lay in my bed with eyes shut for a few more minutes. Get up, utter the same morning prayer I have for decades, go to the bathroom. Look at my phone. Read the latest on the bombing in New York City and New Jersey as well as the stabbings in Minnesota. Put the phone down and go downstairs to make lunches…. Read more

Eid-ul-Adha and the 15th Remembrance of 9/11 – How Should Muslims Proceed?

Many Muslims probably breathed a sigh of relief when the start of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah was declared to be on September 3 in the U.S. and many parts of the world. I know I did. This makes the holiday of Eid-ul-Adha fall on September 12, not on September 11 — 9/11. Eid-ul-Adha, which commemorates the story of the Prophet Abraham and his willingness to sacrifice his son at the command of God, also coincides with the conclusion… Read more

Burkini Ban has been Overturned in France: 5 Lessons to Know and Remember

Embed from Getty Images Muslim women and allies let loose a cheer today when France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, overturned the ban that had been imposed in 26 of the country’s beach towns and cities, after public outrage culminated in a fever pitch when news articles and photos circulated of armed French police standing over a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice, ordering her to remove her tunic to comply with the beach’s burkini ban France endured… Read more

Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human

Back in the late 1980s, when I first started fasting, I was the second kid to do so in my Midwestern junior high school (ok, the first was my older brother two grades ahead of me) in what was a predominantly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community, I was somewhat unapologetically Muslim. As a 12-year-old, I didn’t advertise to my gaggle of not-Muslim friends that I was fasting. I just retreated (with permission) to the library or the counselor’s office during our… Read more

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

Embed from Getty Images Hello. 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 Ceremonies of… Read more

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

Embed from Getty Images The 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… Read more

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

Embed from Getty Images American 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 – the pendulum of… Read more

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… 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,… Read more

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