Embracing (and Including) Autism and Special Needs Families in Muslim Communities

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The day after speaking at the 50th annual Islamic Society of North American conference in Washington, D.C., I was back at home in my basement hanging with Lil D. He was roaming about, spinning his beads and calling “Maw-maw! Maw-maw! Maw-maw” – very much caught up in his stim and oblivious to the world. Every so often he stopped and would come close to me, put his face in mine and say nonsensical words like “Oweeowee owee. Maw-maw! Maw-maw!”As if to say – ok Mamma, you had an audience, you sa … [Read more...]

The Best ‘Good News’ Muslim Stories of 2011

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Note: This article is a joint venture between Patheos and AltMuslim, which has a tradition of publishing the best "good news" stories at the end of each calendar year. I thank Altmuslim editors for working with me on writing and producing this.Sometimes it seems Muslims can’t get a break, and 2011 was no exception. The "creeping sharia" paranoia in the US continued unabated (despite any evidence that there is any real threat of sharia law supplanting the Constitution) with the passage and/or … [Read more...]


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