The Fasting Project – Patheos Buddhist, News & Religion and Spirituality Channel Bloggers Fast for Ramadan

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I’m taking off my mom/autism/Muslim-American journalist hat right now and putting on my Patheos Muslim Channel Managing Editor hat to announce a Ramadan project we’re doing at our channel which, I hope, will help forge new and interesting interfaith learning sessions, bring the concept of fasting in Ramadan and all it means to a wider audience and help Muslims themselves reconnect with the beauty of this month.We are embarking on a Fasting Project (for the lack of a better title) this month a … [Read more...]

A Ramadan Prayer for Special Needs Families

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Am I preparing for Ramadan? Yes and no. With my in-laws out of town right now (it's the first Ramadan we're spending apart in several years), I am not worrying so much about pre-cooking and freezing things for dinner and iftaar (in efforts to free up my time from the kitchen during Ramadan). My nine-year-old plans to fast more this month with me ("Mamma, you've got to let me fast more than four times like I did last year," she says to me. Ok little girl, I think. Just you wait until you try and … [Read more...]

The 15th of Shabaan – Childhood Memories Versus Parenting Decisions

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I have very vivid memories of the things we did on the 15th of Sha’ban growing up – we threw down hard on Shabaan, with extra ibadat (worship), nafil (extra) prayers and of course fatiha (reciting prayers over some food as an offering of blessings, not to be confused with the Al-Fatiha - the first surah in the Quran). I never questioned where what we did fell in the realm of Islamic practices. My parents did these things on this date and as their kids, we followed along.Shabaan is the eighth … [Read more...]

VIDEO – President Obama Delivers Speech on Drones, Guantanamo Bay and Addresses Muslims

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When I heard that President Obama was going to speak today on drones, terrorism and Guantanamo Bay, you can be sure I marked my calendar. I supported this president through two terms, having major beefs with the GOP candidates. The 2012 Presidential campaign was a tough one, where I knew I had to lend s upport to Obama because I just couldn't accept how the GOP and party members felt about Muslims. But still, I had beefs with Obama's handling of various things, major beefs. The passage of the … [Read more...]

Umar Lee Converts Back to Christianity

Prominent (former) American Muslim Umar Lee has converted back to Christianity, and the blogosphere and social networks are on fire. Lee was guided from "streets of St. Louis and a working Southern Baptist home to Islam as a teenager," according to his author profile on Amazon. He has been featured on the Voice of America, was a political correspondent for OnIslam.net  (where I worked as well for nearly eight years), and received a Brass Crescent Award for best blog series.In a video posted … [Read more...]

Where Our Concern Should Be Right Now – With the Victims, Not the Faith of the Perpetrators of Violence

If you’re Muslim, you can’t help but be thinking, oh God – let it not be a Muslim. Please, don’t let whoever is behind the explosions at the Boston Marathon be Muslim. It crosses most of our minds. I’ll start with myself – from the time I was in college at the University of Maryland in the 1990s and the Oklahoma City bombing happened, to now, it’s the first thing I think when I hear about a bombing – please, don’t let it be a Muslim.But here’s the thing. That shouldn’t be our primary concern. … [Read more...]

Dilshad Ali – Why I am a Muslim

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Patheos is asking its writers and bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … in about 200 words. This is my response.He sits in the bathtub as the water fills up. I add some bubble bath and when the tub fills, I turn off the tap. He’s at peace, humming, gathering suds in his hands. I go into the bedroom to put the laundry away and hear the buzz of the Jacuzzi jets go on.The bubbles have taken over, until Lil D is drowning in foam that spills over the tub. His sister brings up cookie tr … [Read more...]


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