The Failure of the American Muslim Community to Help Those with Special Needs

Lil D and his Baba making tawaf.

“He (Musa) said: ‘Oh my Lord! Expand my breast for me and make my affair easy to me, and loose the knot from my tongue (that) they may understand my word … (Quran 20:25:28)”One and a half years ago, I took the plunge and began sharing our son’s life lived with autism, my struggles with keeping strong in my Islamic faith and residing at this intersection of faith and autism. With a post on Ramadan Despair, I shared what was then my lowest point, and I had no purpose in laying bare our struggle … [Read more...]

Rabia Chaudry – Why I Am A Muslim

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This is a guest post from Rabia Chaudry, who is a columnist for Altmuslim on the Patheos Muslim Channel. Patheos is asking its writers and bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … This is Rabia's response.I am a Muslim least of all because I was born into a Muslim family, and most of all because it elevates my existence.My body is disciplined through fasting and ritual prayer. My soul is disciplined through worship, contemplation and sacrifice.My quest for the material has me … [Read more...]

Hesham Hassaballa – Why I am a Muslim

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This is a guest post from Patheos Muslim Channel columnist Hesham Hassaballa. Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A …When this question was posed to me, I had to pause for a second and think: Why am I a Muslim? Indeed, I was raised Muslim, but I had a faith crisis during university years, and I still chose Islam after that crisis abated. Why?Well, its strict monotheism makes complete sense to me. Moreover, its culmination of all the Prophetic tradition -- from Ad … [Read more...]

A New Pope, A New Beginning and Pi in its Infinite Possibilities

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3.14159265359 and so on and so on.Pi, in its infinite glory, on Pi day – March 14 – 3-14.On this day the new Pope Francis is already making his mark on the Catholic world and the world at large, proving, as my friend and fellow Patheos Catholic Channel blogger Joanne K. McPortland says, that this is a “good day to think about all that is infinitely unrepeatable.”As I said in my post in February when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation, my area of expertise is Islam and Muslims … [Read more...]

‘Mapping Muslims’ – New Report Reveals Devestating Effects NYPD Surveillance has on Muslim Community

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A year ago CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick, who was conducting twice weekly “Know Your Rights” workshops in the New York Muslim community, reeled in shock – along with many other Muslim, civil rights and Arab-American activists – as the story broke of rampant Muslim profiling being done by the New York Police Department in the name of counterterrorism.Until then, McGoldrick (and others) had been teaching Muslim communities to forge trusting relationships with law enforcement, th … [Read more...]

To Valentine or Not – Do We Need to Debate This?

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The kids came home from school today with the usual Valentine’s paraphernalia.  We don’t “do” the holiday at home really. (Though husband I joke back and forth about it, our latest being riffs on this picture he saw on Facebook that you see to the right. You know -- things like No Valentines! Talk to the hand!) Jokes aside, figuring out what to do with the kids when it comes to non-religious “holidays” (which often stem from some religious practice centuries ago) has been a work in progress in ou … [Read more...]

The National Defense Authorization Act Passes Again in 2013 – Are You Watching Your Back?

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I was cleaning out some kitchen cabinets and came across two business cards from an FBI agent, from when he came a-knocking twice last year on our front door. The first time none of us were home and his card was slid under our door. I’m a fairly unflappable person – pretty much autism-related difficulties are the only things that rattles me.But the fact that an FBI agent visited our home, well that made me pause. Twelve years ago when I took on the job that launched my career as a journalist … [Read more...]


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