Adnan Syed Granted a Retrial, ‘He’s Not Convicted Anymore.’

From one of the first blog posts Rabia Chaudry wrote about her childhood friend, Adnan Syed: For 15 years I’ve believed Adnan as he’s held on to his innocence. It has been a drawn out trauma for those of us who know and love Adnan. I’ve run around with his case files for years, sometimes in the trunk of my car, sometimes storing them at my mothers, sometimes at Adnan’s parents. I held on to them through a bad marriage, divorce, single parenthood, remarriage, moving, and moving, and moving. I rea … [Read more...]

Adnan Syed’s (of ‘Serial’) Appeals Trial Begins with a Show of Global Support

There have been too many times in the last 17 years that I thought, we thought, Adnan thought that everything would work out. That the system would get it right, that a judge would get it right. And every time, up until the past year, we were wrong.That’s why every step of this case now is full of hopeful trepidation for us. A balance of hope and fear, which, ironically, is the Islamic attitude towards God. The hopeful expectation of Grace and Mercy, tempered by a healthy, respectful fear of … [Read more...]

Rabia Chaudry Writes a Book about Adnan Syed’s (of “Serial”) Captivating Case

This was the logical next step.Rabia Chaudry, the most vocal and dedicated advocate for Adnan Syed (sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee), has written a book that will be out in September of 2016 about Syed's case. In an exclusive article in Chaudry, co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, and the person who initially brought Syed’s case to the attention of Serial’s Sarah Koenig, has written a book called Adnan’s Story: Murder, Justice, and The Case That … [Read more...]

One Year Later, Adnan Syed (of “Serial”) is Granted A New Hearing

I think that noise you heard was the collective mic being dropped.Adnan Syed, who's case became world-famous as the first featured story on the podcast Serial, is officially getting the second chance his team has been fighting for.First his friend and arguably his most vocal and dedicated advocate, Rabia Chaudry, teased us by saying on Facebook, "Big news in Adnan's case about to drop! Alhamdulillah!"And minutes later the news begin filling up all our social media feeds:A B … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday #Patheos5Yrs – Reflecting on Five Great Years and My Favorite Posts from Patheos Muslim!

I know many Muslims are on the fence regarding celebrating birthdays or not -- you know, whether it is a bid'ah (innovation on religion) or not. But I have to say -- Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!You hear a lot from me about faith, family and autism as the author of the "Muslimah Next Door" blog -- but you may not know that I also work as the managing editor of the Muslim Channel at Patheos. I've been with Patheos for three years now and am thrilled to be here for this multifaith and blogging … [Read more...]

Rabia Chaudry – Why I Am A Muslim

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...]