Listening Link – Discussing Autism and Islam on ‘The Drew Marshall Show’

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The Drew Marshall Show (touted as "Canada's Most Listened to Spiritual Talk Show") sent me an email last week, asking if I could recommend one of the great Muslim bloggers on Patheos' Muslim Portal to come on his show and be his featured "God blogger" for that week's segment. I pitched to him all the great bloggers we have on the portal that I edit and manage (Svend White, who writes "Akram's Razor," Nancy Shehata who writes at "Muslimah in Progress," Hesham A. Hassaballa, who's a columnist on … [Read more...]

’6o Minutes’ Reports on Exodus of Palestinian Christians

How many of you caught the extraordinary “60 Minutes” segment on Palestinian Christians’ exodus from the Holy Land? I heard about it, and today I took the 14 minutes to watch it. It is a very important, compelling piece of journalism from veteran reporter Bob Simon that details how Palestinian Christians are “collateral damage” between political Israel and political Islam. I profess that I am not well-knowledgeable at all in the Israel/Palestinian conflict, but several things stood out to me in t … [Read more...]

Hijab and Modesty – Two Unique Perspectives (No, Really!)

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When it comes to Muslim women and hijab (whether we're talking literally about wearing or not wearing the headscarf and other forms of modest dressing or about the act of modesty), the subject matter has been dissected to death - from how a woman dons the hijab (She's being too fashionable! Clothes are covering the body but are tight-fitting, so what's the point? A headscarf is not enough. You must wear a burqa.), to how others perceive the hijab (If you wear it, you're a "good Muslim woman," if … [Read more...]

Hey Autism, Verily with Difficulty There is Ease

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Spring break on the beach: Are we a couple of free-wheeling college students on Daytona Beach? Nah. We’re a family of five (seven with my in-laws included) who decided to come to a beach in South Carolina because it seemed the only place that everyone, especially our eldest son, would have some fun.The question asked of me by so many leading up to this trip was: What do you think will happen? Meaning, our family’s life -- in a way -- has been held hostage the past several months by the ext … [Read more...]

When Prayer and Rituals Change Us, Not Our Circumstances

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Spring break has started here, and the kids are home. I sent my younger two off to Jummah namaz (Friday prayers) with my inlaws. Lil D and I are hanging at home, doing our own Friday prayer ritual today. With his recent bouts of escapism and wandering, I don't feel comfortable taking him to the mosque today, so we are doing our own thing at home, and much of that "own thing" has come from the advice I received after writing about the Jekyll and Hyde of autism, advice that I later detailed in my … [Read more...]

Rituals of Religion to Break Autism’s Mr. Hyde Meltdowns

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In my post last week about the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of autism, I wrote how Mr Hyde has been my son's persona for several weeks, if not months now, and of how I continue to struggle in my faith, in my ability to put full trust in Allah that somehow He will help my son and me. Although I know I should pursue a course of faith and worldly, practical actions (therapies, medical treatments, education, schooling), the scales have been tipped of late towards the latter.I know this, really, I … [Read more...]

Autism’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Jekyll graced me with his presence yesterday.It had been a really, really long time.Mr. Hyde took a backseat and allowed Dr. Jekyll to regain control for the better part of the day. I realized that I spent much of the day holding my breath, waiting for Hyde to rear his ugly head and regain control of my son. So after we got home from school, I let my breath go and made plans for the afternoon, thinking, what could it hurt? Let’s try something. Let’s try something we used to be able to … [Read more...]


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