In Autism Land, What is a Good Day?

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The house was too quiet last night, as my husband and I sat on our couch after all kids were in bed, half asleep and tired from the past two weeks of activity. It was a good tired, as my husband remarked to me, “That went well. That was a lot of fun.”He was referring to the lead-up to our youngest son’s Bismillah ceremony, the Bismillah itself, and the week afterwards when his sister and her family stayed with us. The weekend of the Bismillah (a culturally-based religious ceremony where a chi … [Read more...]

The Bismillah – Preserving Dignity in an Autism Life

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Family and guests are arriving, the food is cooked to feed everyone at the house, the batwas (party favors) have been filled and labels added, the laddus (classic Indo-Pakistani dessert) are made, the decorations for the hall are ready, and the food for the party is coming together. It’s Bismillah time at our house.A Bismillah is a cultural/religious occasion (it’s not mandated in Islam), a ceremony that marks when a child is ready to learn how to read the Quran. Typically, it happens when a … [Read more...]

Lets Get Ready for Ramadan!

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I took the kids (younger two) to Jummah (Friday) prayers today at one of our local mosques. The khutbah (sermon) was about making the most of the month of Sha’baan and preparing for the holy month of Ramadan. Sure comes up on you fast, doesn’t it? We are a month away from Ramadan (predicted to start on July 20, depending on the siting of the new moon) and aside from the hilarious spiritual discussion trolling the social networks about how a Muslim should handle the problem of opening night of the … [Read more...]

Moments of Autism Humor – Lil D Was Here

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Good morning, sunshine! Wake up my jaanus (darlings). Time for school. It's wakey wakey time! La illaha, illallah, Muhammad dur Rasullallah.This is what I say every morning, without fail for the past nine years, as I've woken up one, then two and now three children for school. It's become a routine, something that comforts all of them, even when they are grumpy, whiny or tired and not wanting to get up - a good morning greeting followed by the kalma, or shahada, which is a Muslim's … [Read more...]

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...]


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