D’s Declaration of Faith

Ali Family Autism Truths #17 - April 17, 2016I harbor secret fantasies of chartering a private plane and taking D for Umrah – the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah done during non-Hajj times.My friend, Joohi Tahir, executive director of MUHSEN (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), wrote a post for me about two years ago about how she and her family performed the Umrah with their autistic daughter Mehreen. The story is simply beautiful:Every step of this journey b … [Read more...]

On the Donald, Medicaid Waivers and What I’m Concerned About

I'll not sugar coat it - it's been a difficult month. I'd like to press forward, figure things out and move on. But it's not always that easy. Sometimes we are made to remember, to note it, to mark it down and to remember that which we'd rather not talk about.Case in point: the fight to get a medicaid waiver.I had our monthly visit with D's caseworker for his ID (intellectual disability) waiver today - he is on the wait list for this waiver, which would help get him more care giving … [Read more...]

Religion, and Islam, Up Front and Center in Pres. Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

He's got nothing left to prove, nothing left to lose. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to hearing what President Obama has to say in his very last State of the Union Address. And, judging from the line of VIP and other guests, religion will be up front and center.Two employees of CAIR (Council on Islamic-American Relations), an organization viewed with suspicion by the government in the past, will be there at the invitation of lawmakers This is pretty huge. Writes CAIR-Chicago … [Read more...]

A Blow to Christian-Muslim Interfaith Unity – Wheaton College Moves to Fire Prof. Larycia Hawkins

I am flummoxed and flabbergasted by the events of the last two weeks. - Professor Larycia Hawkins Wheaton College has begun the process of firing Professor Larycia Hawkins over her statements about Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God, after she donned a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims at the start of December. The story broke in the news media and in social media earlier this week, with the Chicago Tribune reporting that the political science professor received word from W … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Discussing Faith in Times of Fear on Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”

Most days I get the kids up, make their lunches, drop them at the bus stop/take them to school, come back home and get on my laptop to start my day's work as the Managing Editor of Patheos Muslim, one of the faith channels at Patheos.com. It's all largely behind the scenes work - watching what the latest news stories are, covering the issues Muslims in America are facing, facilitating discussions, talking with the writers and bloggers on my channel, promoting their work, helping them, pushing … [Read more...]

Terrorism Has No Religion

There really is nothing one can write that will adequately express what we are feeling. Everything is wrong. Everything. Nothing is right in this moment.As the details pour out and the reactions and analysis flow forth in a steady stream, we start with anguish, sorrow, hurt and prayers (if you are the praying sort) or strong thoughts for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.We condemn wholeheartedly these terrorist acts committed by Daesh (ISIS) and their horrific statement … [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...]