Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human

Back in the late 1980s, when I first started fasting, I was the second kid to do so in my Midwestern junior high school (ok, the first was my older brother two grades ahead of me) in what was a predominantly White Anglo-Saxon Protestant community, I was somewhat unapologetically Muslim. As a 12-year-old, I didn’t advertise to my gaggle of not-Muslim friends that I was fasting. I just retreated (with permission) to the library or the counselor’s office during our lunch break.I wore long pants … [Read more...]

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The Most Epic 6 Moments (Thus Far) from the Khizr and Ghazala Khan Story

Embed from Getty ImagesThe Khans vs. Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is the battle that just keeps holding the public’s attention way past the usual news cycle (much to the delight of many Muslims across the country). Four days after Khizr Khan made his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Trump was still tweeting comments about it, as the story quickly turned its focus on Ghazala Khan and her silence during her husband’s speech.Could an Elder Muslim “Au … [Read more...]

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7 Good, Bad and Ugly ‘Muslim Moments’ from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

Embed from Getty ImagesAmerican Muslims – discussions about, insults and accusations, praises, accolades and acceptance – were a center focus in the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions. From Khizr Khan’s well-received speech in honor of his slain son, Captain Humayun Khan, to the invocation by Dr. Sherman Jackson at the DNC, to at the RNC where Sajid Tarar, a Muslim supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump gave an invocation while being booed – th … [Read more...]

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In Life and in Death, Muhammad Ali Proved to the World You can be Unapologetically Black, Muslim and American

Today the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is holding a political rally in my city of Richmond, VA. Hundreds of miles away in Louisville, KY, thousands upon thousands have gathered to see an Imam facilitate an interfaith memorial service for one of the most beloved Americans of our time – who happens to be a Muslim.The juxtaposition of those events today leaves no doubt in my mind that there is something extraordinary happening through the grace of God in the holy m … [Read more...]

How Muhammad Ali’s Janaza Prayer is His Last Gift to Muslims and the World

Tomorrow our beloved champ, G.O.A.T. and one of the most influential American Muslims of our generation -- Muhammad Ali -- will be laid to rest and have the Janaza prayer performed. It is a supremely solemn and profound moment for so many - Black Muslims, American Muslims, Muslims in general, sports fans and people the world who all felt a connection to the People's Champ.It's also an intensely moving and significant moment because Ali passed away in the first week of Ramadan, a most holy … [Read more...]

D’s Declaration of Faith

Ali Family Autism Truths #17 - April 17, 2016I harbor secret fantasies of chartering a private plane and taking D for Umrah – the lesser pilgrimage to Makkah done during non-Hajj times.My friend, Joohi Tahir, executive director of MUHSEN (Muslims Understanding and Helping Special Education Needs), wrote a post for me about two years ago about how she and her family performed the Umrah with their autistic daughter Mehreen. The story is simply beautiful:Every step of this journey b … [Read more...]

On the Donald, Medicaid Waivers and What I’m Concerned About

I'll not sugar coat it - it's been a difficult month. I'd like to press forward, figure things out and move on. But it's not always that easy. Sometimes we are made to remember, to note it, to mark it down and to remember that which we'd rather not talk about.Case in point: the fight to get a medicaid waiver.I had our monthly visit with D's caseworker for his ID (intellectual disability) waiver today - he is on the wait list for this waiver, which would help get him more care giving … [Read more...]


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