Guest Post: Dear Son, Here are Some Things You Need to Know

Editor's note: This is a letter from my friend Rabiah to her 10-year-old son Issa.Dear Issa,This past year has been a challenging one…to say the least.You have heard a lot of talk about kicking people out, not letting people in, and what it means to be American.All of this divisiveness in our national debates has no doubt trickled down to your young ears and left you wondering -- why can't grown-ups get along and do the things they expect of you: Play nice, share and c … [Read more...]

Autism Truths and the Humanity of Us All

April 1, 2016 - Ali Family Truths #1D came up from the basement earlier today, hungry for dinner. Or rather, hangry – losing it in a way I know so well. Mood was restored after dinner was consumed, but that was when I noticed his right forefinger.Bloodied.Whoa, whoa, whoa – wait a minute, I said. Let’s take care of that. And so he willingly allowed me to wash and clean the finger and bandage it. But I still haven’t figured out how it happened. I’m just glad I caught it.D wasn’t ab … [Read more...]

We are Better than the Hate

Here’s how today went thus far:Got up, overslept. Bleary-eyed, stumbled into the bathroom, then went to wake the kids. As usual, eight-year-old H fought me on getting up.With the usual mantra of hurry, hurry! Come on! You’re going to miss the bus! – I nagged H into getting himself ready, clothes on, teeth brushed.Breakfast for the kiddos, lunches packed, sent H off on the bus and A off in her carpool to middle school.Upstairs, D was up, but not out of bed. I went up, greeted him, … [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 to spread the word of Islam as it was being revealed to him by Allah ( … [Read more...]

Three Questions for American Muslims: Omid Safi

The Muslim Portal at Patheos  is hosting the “Three Questions” project for the month of September in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the terrorist acts of 9/11.  We are asking American Muslims from across the nation three simple but important questions. Click here to learn more about the project.Omid Safi, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offers his answers to the three questions:1. What is the most pressing issue or concern for … [Read more...]