Patheos Featured Writers

Dilshad Ali
Managing Editor, Muslim Portal

Dilshad D. Ali joined Patheos.com as Managing Editor of the Muslim Portal in May 2011. She has covered Muslims and Islam in America for more than 10 years for a variety of media outlets, including Islam-Online.net (before it became OnIslam.net), Newsweek, Azizah Magazine, Illume Magazine, Altmuslim.com, Islamica magazine, and Beliefnet. She has also worked as an editor at Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim charity organization in the U.S. During her time at Beliefnet, Ms. Ali greatly expanded coverage of Islam and Muslims in America as well and was also responsible for the site's Hinduism and minor Asian religion pages. She developed a comprehensive "Understanding Islam" section for Beliefnet prior to the fifth anniversary of 9/11, managed numerous blogs and newsletters, and produced an award-winning online travel diary with Islam scholar Akbar Ahmed.

Ms. Ali has appeared on CNN, MTV, NPR, and New York radio stations and has been interviewed by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Newsweek. For nine years, she covered Asian and Middle Eastern news and arts and culture for Islam-Online.net, including the early chaotic days after 9/11, when she was one of the few journalists on the ground with an insider's view on how Muslims in New York dealt with the tragedy. Ms. Ali also is a member of the WISE (Women Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity), a project of the ASMA Society. She is a first-generation Muslim-American who makes her home in Virginia with her husband and three children. Her other passion is autism education and awareness, as her eldest son is autistic.

Works by Dilshad Ali
Derailed by My Memories in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | November 20, 2018
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Sundays in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | October 09, 2018
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Eighteen
Dilshad Ali | August 31, 2018
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The Parental Intimacy of Autism
Dilshad Ali | May 01, 2018
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When Your Child Wanders
Dilshad Ali | April 27, 2018
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Guardianship and the Rights of Adulthood
Dilshad Ali | March 16, 2018
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The Bro Hug
Dilshad Ali | March 07, 2018
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The Weight of it All
Dilshad Ali | January 31, 2018
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The Year of the Hot Take
Dilshad Ali | December 23, 2017
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A Barbie Like Me
Dilshad Ali | November 13, 2017
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What I Really Want to Say is ...
Dilshad Ali | October 25, 2017
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Ten
Dilshad Ali | September 29, 2017
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Saudi Women are Granted the Right to Drive
Dilshad Ali | September 26, 2017
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This is Where We Used to Live
Dilshad Ali | September 20, 2017
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6 Ways to Connect With the Hajj
Dilshad Ali | August 30, 2017
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Fourteen
Dilshad Ali | August 08, 2017
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Seventeen
Dilshad Ali | August 04, 2017
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What "Jihad" Actually Means in 21 Tweets
Dilshad Ali | July 07, 2017
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Its Not Just Autism Living. It's Living.
Dilshad Ali | June 09, 2017
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Enough With the Melania-Headscarf Headlines
Dilshad Ali | May 19, 2017
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Our Ramadan Preps are with Autism in Mind
Dilshad Ali | May 18, 2017
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Risk Taking and Autism Truths
Dilshad Ali | May 01, 2017
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The Bittersweet
Dilshad Ali | April 30, 2017
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The Language of Brothers in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | April 28, 2017
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Marriage, Autism Truths and the Ties that Bind
Dilshad Ali | April 27, 2017
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Finding Room for it All in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | April 27, 2017
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As Moms, Do We Care for Ourselves?
Dilshad Ali | April 23, 2017
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Make His a Life of Ease
Dilshad Ali | April 23, 2017
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Let's Talk about Autism and Puberty
Dilshad Ali | April 21, 2017
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Dear Parents - Do the Work
Dilshad Ali | April 18, 2017
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He Knew
Dilshad Ali | April 17, 2017
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The Elusive Hunt for Sleep
Dilshad Ali | April 16, 2017
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What We Do for Each Other
Dilshad Ali | April 13, 2017
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Over Dozens of Sundays, You Taught me Love
Dilshad Ali | April 09, 2017
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Dear D - Help Me to Help You
Dilshad Ali | April 09, 2017
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What is this Autism Living?
Dilshad Ali | April 02, 2017
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Muslims (Depending on Who You Ask) at Oscars 2017
Dilshad Ali | February 28, 2017
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What You Can Do to Learn About Structural Racism...
Dilshad Ali | December 30, 2016
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Facing the Future in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | November 19, 2016
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Live Tweeting the Election - Nov 8, 2016
Dilshad Ali | November 09, 2016
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On the Front Lines of Autism, Not Terrorism
Dilshad Ali | September 29, 2016
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Scenes from an American Muslim Debate Watch Party
Dilshad Ali | September 28, 2016
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NYC Bombings, Being Muslim and Forgoing the Fear
Dilshad Ali | September 19, 2016
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Marking 15 Years Since 9/11 as an American Muslim
Dilshad Ali | September 11, 2016
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Unapologetically Muslim, Unapologetically Human
Dilshad Ali | August 15, 2016
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On Autism and Trust: The Saddest Happy Person
Dilshad Ali | July 25, 2016
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Ask Your Doctor About 'Islamophobin'!
Dilshad Ali | May 25, 2016
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We Must All Live Truthfully
Dilshad Ali | April 30, 2016
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Conversations with D
Dilshad Ali | April 29, 2016
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We Cannot Give Up on Our Children
Dilshad Ali | April 27, 2016
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In Our Society, Autism is Seen as Damaged
Dilshad Ali | April 26, 2016
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Life Cannot Be Locked Out
Dilshad Ali | April 25, 2016
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A Hidden Message in Autism Code
Dilshad Ali | April 24, 2016
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The Truth of Perceptions and Outcomes
Dilshad Ali | April 22, 2016
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It's Not "Just Autism"
Dilshad Ali | April 21, 2016
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On Block Formations and Autism Negativity
Dilshad Ali | April 19, 2016
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D's Declaration of Faith
Dilshad Ali | April 18, 2016
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I Has High Expectations
Dilshad Ali | April 17, 2016
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In Autism Land, Who Tells D's Story?
Dilshad Ali | April 15, 2016
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A Lunchtime School Cafeteria Story
Dilshad Ali | April 15, 2016
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Not Living in the Past - Living for the Future
Dilshad Ali | April 14, 2016
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Hard Truths that Demand to be Lived With
Dilshad Ali | April 11, 2016
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It'll Never Be Enough
Dilshad Ali | April 10, 2016
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It Takes a Village to Live this Autism Life
Dilshad Ali | April 07, 2016
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A No Filters Life
Dilshad Ali | April 05, 2016
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The Spring Break that Wasn't a Break
Dilshad Ali | April 04, 2016
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My Truth Lies with Him
Dilshad Ali | April 03, 2016
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Autism Truths and the Humanity of Us All
Dilshad Ali | April 02, 2016
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Where We Mourn
Dilshad Ali | March 22, 2016
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A Diner Story in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | February 19, 2016
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Lead with Love
Dilshad Ali | November 19, 2015
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Terrorism Has No Religion
Dilshad Ali | November 14, 2015
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Five Promises to my Newborn Daughter
Dilshad Ali | November 06, 2015
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His Happily Ever After
Dilshad Ali | November 03, 2015
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Why We ‘Shared What We Shared’
Dilshad Ali | October 14, 2015
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We are Better than the Hate
Dilshad Ali | October 08, 2015
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Eid Mubarak and the Blessings of Family
Dilshad Ali | September 24, 2015
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Why We Share - The Power of Our...
Dilshad Ali | September 09, 2015
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All Haste to the Wedding
Dilshad Ali | August 11, 2015
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Thanks Jon Stewart, from an Autism Mom
Dilshad Ali | August 07, 2015
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Fifteen
Dilshad Ali | August 06, 2015
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How Young is Too Young to Fast?
Dilshad Ali | June 16, 2015
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With Head Bowed, I See the Light
Dilshad Ali | May 27, 2015
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Mommy, Can I Draw the Prophet Muhammad?
Dilshad Ali | May 19, 2015
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Ali Family Autism Truths #17 - Brotherly Love
Dilshad Ali | April 18, 2015
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Ali Family Autism Truths #7 - The Places We Go
Dilshad Ali | April 08, 2015
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Ali Family Autism Truths #6 - Finding Our Okay
Dilshad Ali | April 07, 2015
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The Ease and the Glory
Dilshad Ali | March 26, 2015
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Between Autism and Stoic Heroism
Dilshad Ali | March 19, 2015
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Motherwhelmed and Wanting More
Dilshad Ali | March 03, 2015
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Poem - If I Die
Dilshad Ali | February 17, 2015
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The Heavy and the Light
Dilshad Ali | February 04, 2015
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The Here and the Now
Dilshad Ali | January 02, 2015
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The Non-Negotiables
Dilshad Ali | December 22, 2014
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I Plan, God Laughs
Dilshad Ali | November 22, 2014
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Patheos Welcomes the "Love, InshAllah" blog
Dilshad Ali | November 06, 2014
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Patheos Welcomes Ro Waseem and Quranalyze It
Dilshad Ali | November 04, 2014
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Moment-to-Moment
Dilshad Ali | October 24, 2014
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Will He Be OK?
Dilshad Ali | October 08, 2014
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Seven
Dilshad Ali | September 26, 2014
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Autism and the (Desi) Dinner Party
Dilshad Ali | September 23, 2014
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The Teenage Years
Dilshad Ali | September 10, 2014
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Autism Road Trippin'
Dilshad Ali | August 20, 2014
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Eleven
Dilshad Ali | August 15, 2014
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Fourteen
Dilshad Ali | August 04, 2014
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Ramadan 2014 - Our Own Private Ramadan
Dilshad Ali | July 28, 2014
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Ramadan 2014 - Laylat al-Qadr in Gaza
Dilshad Ali | July 26, 2014
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How are We Handling the Charge Laid on Us?
Dilshad Ali | July 25, 2014
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Ramadan, Autism and the Trials of Our Hearts
Dilshad Ali | July 16, 2014
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A Prayer for Mercy
Dilshad Ali | July 10, 2014
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The Worrywart
Dilshad Ali | June 20, 2014
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Eligibility Where it Matters Most
Dilshad Ali | June 09, 2014
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Bismillah and the Road Less Traveled
Dilshad Ali | May 22, 2014
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Let Our Decisions Be the Right Ones
Dilshad Ali | May 16, 2014
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Autism Doesn't End Like That
Dilshad Ali | April 30, 2014
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Life Goes On
Dilshad Ali | April 08, 2014
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You are Enduring Love
Dilshad Ali | April 02, 2014
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It's Ok to Say, Why?
Dilshad Ali | March 27, 2014
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Equal is not the Same
Dilshad Ali | March 20, 2014
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Do You Remember 13?
Dilshad Ali | March 11, 2014
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The Jenin Autism Project - Rock Star Siblings
Dilshad Ali | March 03, 2014
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Words Matter in Autism Land and Beyond
Dilshad Ali | February 28, 2014
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The Charity of Messy Drawers
Dilshad Ali | February 24, 2014
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A Moment Between Friends
Dilshad Ali | February 18, 2014
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To Have and to Hold
Dilshad Ali | February 05, 2014
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It was Everything
Dilshad Ali | January 30, 2014
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Jenin Autism Project - A Word from Our Mothers
Dilshad Ali | January 28, 2014
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Deserving Respect
Dilshad Ali | January 24, 2014
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God Bless You, Sweet Boy
Dilshad Ali | January 21, 2014
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The Jenin Autism Project - The Reason We Are Here
Dilshad Ali | January 13, 2014
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What is the Gift in All This?
Dilshad Ali | January 06, 2014
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Finding His Calm
Dilshad Ali | December 30, 2013
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Winter Break in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | December 20, 2013
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The Red Plastic Table
Dilshad Ali | December 09, 2013
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Dilshad Ali | December 05, 2013
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Send Thanks
Dilshad Ali | November 27, 2013
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Is He Being Rude, or is it Something More?
Dilshad Ali | November 26, 2013
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Sen. Creigh Deeds and Our Mental Health Crisis
Dilshad Ali | November 25, 2013
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Rolling the Dice on Race Day
Dilshad Ali | November 18, 2013
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Are We Still Talking About the Hijab? Well, Yes
Dilshad Ali | November 15, 2013
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The Compassion that Awaits You in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | November 11, 2013
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Milestones in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | November 06, 2013
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Pamela Gellar - Meet Jesse Pinkman
Dilshad Ali | October 31, 2013
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What Would He Say?
Dilshad Ali | October 30, 2013
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Autistic and Missing - What Are We Going to Do?
Dilshad Ali | October 25, 2013
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Eyes Open to His Wisdom
Dilshad Ali | October 14, 2013
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The Inner Circle of Friends
Dilshad Ali | October 09, 2013
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I Don't Feel Well
Dilshad Ali | October 01, 2013
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Heart of Gold
Dilshad Ali | September 25, 2013
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A Big Brother in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | September 19, 2013
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A Bus Story - The Small Things That Matter
Dilshad Ali | September 13, 2013
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'Ittefaq' - Meant to Be
Dilshad Ali | August 29, 2013
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Why Did You Leave Me?
Dilshad Ali | August 18, 2013
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An Eid without Lil D and Autism
Dilshad Ali | August 13, 2013
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Happy Birthday Lil D - Not so Lil Anymore
Dilshad Ali | August 05, 2013
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An Autism Unbound from the Rituals of Ramadan
Dilshad Ali | July 19, 2013
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Trying Not to Be That Person
Dilshad Ali | July 08, 2013
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A Ramadan Prayer for Special Needs Families
Dilshad Ali | July 03, 2013
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An Autism Report Card
Dilshad Ali | June 28, 2013
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Fatherly (Baba-erly) Appreciation
Dilshad Ali | June 14, 2013
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It's Not Just About You
Dilshad Ali | June 11, 2013
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Remembering the Story of Isra and Miraj
Dilshad Ali | June 05, 2013
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We Keep Planting Seeds of Change
Dilshad Ali | May 29, 2013
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Umar Lee Converts Back to Christianity
Dilshad Ali | May 18, 2013
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Loved and Loved Back
Dilshad Ali | May 12, 2013
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Not Today
Dilshad Ali | May 08, 2013
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Did Autism Speak?
Dilshad Ali | April 30, 2013
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For the Love of Their Grandchildren
Dilshad Ali | April 24, 2013
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When an Autism Awareness Event is Anything But
Dilshad Ali | April 16, 2013
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Dilshad Ali – Why I am a Muslim
Dilshad Ali | April 09, 2013
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Rabia Chaudry - Why I Am A Muslim
Dilshad Ali | April 03, 2013
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Hesham Hassaballa - Why I am a Muslim
Dilshad Ali | March 28, 2013
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Snow Day in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | March 06, 2013
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What We Can (and Must) Learn from Each Other
Dilshad Ali | February 28, 2013
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Yahoo CEO Melissa Mayer's Telecommuting Problem
Dilshad Ali | February 25, 2013
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Growing His Voice
Dilshad Ali | February 22, 2013
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Holding on to 'Himaat' in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | February 20, 2013
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To Valentine or Not - Do We Need to Debate This?
Dilshad Ali | February 14, 2013
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Should You Get a Divorce (as a Muslim)? - Part I
Dilshad Ali | February 05, 2013
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The First Loose Tooth
Dilshad Ali | January 30, 2013
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Recovering His Voice
Dilshad Ali | January 22, 2013
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Fighting for His Voice
Dilshad Ali | January 19, 2013
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Losing His Voice
Dilshad Ali | January 16, 2013
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Sometimes All You Can Do is Live in the Moment
Dilshad Ali | January 14, 2013
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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Dilshad Ali | January 07, 2013
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Khateebs - Please Talk about Newtown Today
Dilshad Ali | December 21, 2012
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I Wish I Were an Only Child
Dilshad Ali | December 10, 2012
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So Tonight That I Might Sleep
Dilshad Ali | November 28, 2012
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Seeking Family Togetherness - RV Style
Dilshad Ali | November 21, 2012
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Social Media and the Minority Vote
Dilshad Ali | November 08, 2012
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I Want 'More'
Dilshad Ali | November 07, 2012
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It's Never As Simple as Just Putting On Shoes
Dilshad Ali | November 05, 2012
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The Hardest Hajj Lesson of All
Dilshad Ali | October 25, 2012
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I Don't Know - Three Bad Words in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | October 15, 2012
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The Gandhi of Autism
Dilshad Ali | October 10, 2012
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The Long (Bus) Ride Home
Dilshad Ali | October 03, 2012
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Finding His Voice
Dilshad Ali | September 24, 2012
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Struggling to Illuminate the Darkness
Dilshad Ali | September 20, 2012
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Realizing How Good We've Got It
Dilshad Ali | September 14, 2012
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The View from Up Here - Personal, Global
Dilshad Ali | September 11, 2012
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Out of the Mouths of Babes
Dilshad Ali | September 09, 2012
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Necessary Discussions in Autism Land
Dilshad Ali | September 05, 2012
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Never Let You Go
Dilshad Ali | August 30, 2012
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Dating Life Again
Dilshad Ali | August 23, 2012
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Crisis in Myanmar, Burma (Infographic)
Dilshad Ali | August 17, 2012
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What Autism Can't Take Away From Us - Our Kids
Dilshad Ali | August 14, 2012
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The Yoke of Autism
Dilshad Ali | August 11, 2012
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Happy Birthday Lil D
Dilshad Ali | August 03, 2012
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Lean On Me
Dilshad Ali | July 21, 2012
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Counting Down the Days of Ramadan
Dilshad Ali | July 17, 2012
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In Autism Land, What is a Good Day?
Dilshad Ali | July 06, 2012
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Lets Get Ready for Ramadan!
Dilshad Ali | June 22, 2012
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The Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation
Dilshad Ali | June 12, 2012
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Channeling 'The Perfect Storm'
Dilshad Ali | June 03, 2012
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Moments of Autism Humor - Lil D Was Here
Dilshad Ali | May 17, 2012
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Walking Away from Autism
Dilshad Ali | May 15, 2012
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Giving Thanks for Good Autism Teachers
Dilshad Ali | May 10, 2012
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Trust and the Autistic Child
Dilshad Ali | May 01, 2012
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'Homeland,' Islam and the Battle Within
Dilshad Ali | March 29, 2012
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I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends
Dilshad Ali | March 28, 2012
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Autism's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dilshad Ali | March 16, 2012
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Bursting My Daughter's Belief Bubble
Dilshad Ali | February 20, 2012
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Behind the Parenting Mask
Dilshad Ali | February 08, 2012
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Altmuslim is Joining Patheos
Dilshad Ali | January 27, 2012
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Zen and the Art of Autism Maintenance - Part Two
Dilshad Ali | January 17, 2012
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Zen and the Art of Autism Maintenance - Part One
Dilshad Ali | January 04, 2012
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The Best 'Good News' Muslim Stories of 2011
Dilshad Ali | January 04, 2012
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Ani Zonneveld: Why I Watch 'All-American Muslim'
Dilshad Ali | December 18, 2011
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Those Protestant Muslims Next Door
Dilshad Ali | December 15, 2011
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My All-American Muslim family is too Boring for TLC
Dilshad Ali | December 12, 2011
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Autism, Inclusion, and the Winter Concert
Dilshad Ali | December 09, 2011
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Ashura - An Important Day for All Muslims
Dilshad Ali | December 05, 2011
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Hajj Lessons: How to Improve our Ummah
Dilshad Ali | November 04, 2011
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Watch the Hajj Pilgrimage
Dilshad Ali | November 04, 2011
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Miracles Do Happen
Dilshad Ali | November 01, 2011
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A Muslim Changes His Mind About Halloween
Dilshad Ali | October 28, 2011
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Thanks Steve Jobs from an Autism Mom
Dilshad Ali | October 06, 2011
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A Prayer for Nose Blowing
Dilshad Ali | October 04, 2011
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The Trouble with Anwar al-Awlaki's Death
Dilshad Ali | September 30, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Asma T. Uddin
Dilshad Ali | September 28, 2011
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Justice Perverted for the Irvine 11
Dilshad Ali | September 23, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Sheila Musaji
Dilshad Ali | September 16, 2011
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Dealing with Departure
Dilshad Ali | September 14, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Rabiah Ahmed
Dilshad Ali | September 12, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Hussein Rashid
Dilshad Ali | September 11, 2011
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Muslims and 9/11: Lessons Learns and What Comes Next
Dilshad Ali | September 11, 2011
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A Muslim American Declaration
Dilshad Ali | September 09, 2011
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Our Own Autism Divide
Dilshad Ali | September 09, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Abed Ayoub
Dilshad Ali | September 08, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Omid Safi
Dilshad Ali | September 08, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Hussein Kanji
Dilshad Ali | September 08, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims: Yasir Qadhi
Dilshad Ali | September 07, 2011
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Three Questions for American Muslims
Dilshad Ali | September 07, 2011
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The Muslimah Next Door
Dilshad Ali | September 07, 2011
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A new report from the Center for American Progress exposes the key players and funding......
Ramadan Is Meant to Be Shared
Dilshad Ali | August 02, 2011
For American Muslims, Ramadan can be a time to tell our story -- to show the full beauty......
Muslims and Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Dilshad Ali | July 21, 2011
What's an American Muslim to say to Herman Cain?...
Owning Our Own Stories
Dilshad Ali | June 30, 2011
Why do so many misconceptions about Muslim women persist? Who defines American Muslim......
American Muslims Are My Fellow Americans
Dilshad Ali | June 23, 2011
A new film and social media project called "My Fellow American" invites Americans to......
The Loyalty Test
Dilshad Ali | June 15, 2011
Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich say that they want......
No Headscarves Allowed in Olympic Soccer
Dilshad Ali | June 07, 2011
Many Muslim female athletes around the world compete while covering their body and......
Saudi Women Want the Freedom to Drive
Dilshad Ali | May 27, 2011
Saudi women are gearing up for a June 17 protest in which they'll go behind the wheel to......
Journalism: The final blow to IslamOnline
Dilshad Ali | March 24, 2010
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Journalism: Islam Online goes offline
Dilshad Ali | March 17, 2010
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