What Drives Muslim Reverts/Converts to Distance Themselves from Other Muslims?

"Hey, you, yeah, you.The lady with the tattoos. The gal with the eyebrow piercings The chick with the blue hair.There is room for you in Islam."Nancy Qualls-Shehata, a revert/convert who blogs as the "Muslimah in Progress" at Patheos Muslim, wrote this great post two years back about how Islam has room for everyone. The one in tattoos, the one with piercings, the one in high heels and hair all a-flowing, the one "poured into skinny jeans." Knowing that too many times that the … [Read more...]

A Special Eid for Special Needs Children – A Day of Dignity with Islamic Relief USA

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There are a few activities we really look forward to every year with Lil D, events geared towards the special needs population that embrace them and cater to their different needs; events that make every effort of accommodation and celebrate individuals with different abilities. These are the events where we can take easy breaths and not worry over the thousand little details we usually worry about. The events where we can say, these is our tribe, and nothing my kid does or doesn’t do will faze a … [Read more...]

Embracing (and Including) Autism and Special Needs Families in Muslim Communities

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The day after speaking at the 50th annual Islamic Society of North American conference in Washington, D.C., I was back at home in my basement hanging with Lil D. He was roaming about, spinning his beads and calling “Maw-maw! Maw-maw! Maw-maw” – very much caught up in his stim and oblivious to the world. Every so often he stopped and would come close to me, put his face in mine and say nonsensical words like “Oweeowee owee. Maw-maw! Maw-maw!”As if to say – ok Mamma, you had an audience, you sa … [Read more...]

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

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“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...]


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