A Special Eid for Autistic and Special Needs Children

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Anyone who tries to connect that divide between raising an autistic child and adhering to faith traditions knows what a difficult task that is. And I’m not talking about crisis of faith, about those “What is God’s plan? or “Why my child?” or “Will my prayers ever be answered?” type of problems. I’m talking about including special needs children in faith practices and in houses of worship.Whether the child is high-functioning, moderate, or severely autistic, whether he can talk or not, if he h … [Read more...]

TLC’s All-American Muslim is Surprisingly Really Watchable

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It’s tough, and never a good idea for a single person, or a few families, or even a specific community to be considered the representation of an entire faith group. Growing up as one of the only Muslims families in a small university town in North Dakota, inevitably my brothers and I became the poster children for “This is what Muslims are like!” I think, for the most part, it was a good thing because we walked that delicate line of practicing our faith (Ramadans spent hanging out in the coun … [Read more...]

Dealing with Departure

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These past few weeks have been all about gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, which for me as the managing editor of the Muslim content at Patheos – was a frenzy of getting coverage together and reaching out to American Muslims for their thoughts with our “Three Questions” project. But life on the home front marches on inexorably, and I’ve been dealing with back to school and the departure of my in-laws, who just left for India after spending 14 months with us.Yes, they … [Read more...]

Muslims and 9/11: Lessons Learns and What Comes Next

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(Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Rabiah Ahmed, director of Mirza PR and board member of My Faith My Voice.) I knew from an early age that I wanted to work on behalf of the American Muslim community. My passions for community organizing, writing, and Islam led me to pick majors in college that I knew could help share the stories and perspectives of Islam and Muslims in America. (I graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication a … [Read more...]

The Muslimah Next Door

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Bismillah-nir-rahman-nir-raheem and Salaamualaikum!More than 15 years working as a journalist, 10 years working in web/online journalism, and the past five years getting on the blog/social networking bandwagon, and I’ve managed to avoid writing/editing my own blog – until now. I don’t know why I held out so long, when so many colleagues and friends encouraged me to keep a blog. I think it was the commitment (though I’ve got no problem being committed to marriage or my kids!) – and the wo … [Read more...]


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