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I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

I’m a Pomak. (What’s That?)

My Muslim heritage goes back to the Ottoman empire when Islam spread into the Balkans. My paternal ancestry is Bulgarian Muslim or Pomak.  It’s such a minority, it’s still not completely recognized.  I’m a minority of a minority.  When hanging around mosques my entire life, finding a Pomak was like finding a needle in a […]

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Muslim Activist Banned from Facebook for Responding to Trump’s Islamophobia

Muslim Activist Banned from Facebook for Responding to Trump’s Islamophobia

By on June 21, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

Be careful what you wish for. Donald Drumpf seems to be projecting his fear of actually reaching his goals of moving into the white house which would put him in a precarious situation. He would actually have to stop pretending to know things and would actually have to know things and talk coherently. Not just […]

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Digesting Orlando Narratives as a Muslim American

Digesting Orlando Narratives as a Muslim American

By on June 15, 2016 in islamophobia, social issues with No Comments

“Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32) Any human being murdered is a travesty and a grave tarnish on the human race. Since taking one life is equivalent to taking the lives of […]

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Happy Ramadan 2016

Happy Ramadan 2016

By on June 6, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

Ramadan Kareem! May this blessed month provide you with spiritual revival and depth, success in your spiritual journey and the ability to receive Allah’s bountiful blessings. I already messed up and woke up an hour earlier than I needed to. Eating must stop at the beginning of dawn – which is prior to fajr. Don’t […]

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Muhammad Ali – Legend

Muhammad Ali – Legend

Allah has taken our brother, Muhammad Ali, back home to Him. inna lilahi wa inna ilahi raji un. To God we belong. To Him we return. Wow- notwithstanding his accomplishments in boxing – and the memories I have of my family watching his matches with such excitement – he leaves behind such an indelible mark […]

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Bernards Township, NJ Gives Lame Excuses to Stop Mosque

Bernards Township, NJ Gives Lame Excuses to Stop Mosque

Dear Bernards Township, New Jersey, Did you ever hear of the Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) of 2000? Better yet, have you ever heard of The Constitution? Or how about common decency? It’s disheartening to read about another mosque on U.S. soil whose attempts to exist are being stopped because of planning […]

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As My Firstborn Graduates

As My Firstborn Graduates

By on May 25, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

When I was pregnant for the first time, I couldn’t believe a baby would be in my arms at the end of the journey. My friend even had to keep reminding me that yes … a real baby will be yours at the end of this journey. And then she arrived and I was dissociated […]

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Book Review of Talk to Me by: Qasim Rashid

Book Review of Talk to Me by: Qasim Rashid

By on May 20, 2016 in Book Reviews with No Comments

In his third book, Talk to Me, Author, Qasim Rashid continues his jihad of the pen. His book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim, shined a light on the persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan while his second book, Extremist, took on renowned extremist-Islamophobe, Geert Wilders.  In Talk to Me, Rashid takes his activism to the […]

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Our Story in Daily Sabah, Turkey’s English Newspaper

Our Story in Daily Sabah, Turkey’s English Newspaper

By on May 9, 2016 in personal stories with No Comments

Honored to cover this feature story with Sadaf Syed for Turkey’s Daily Sabah.  We visited Fatima in Lombard, IL and met her beautiful girls.  We brought our own daughters along to break the ice.  I am so amazed at the resilience displayed and her heart of gold. ****** A day with a Syrian mother in […]

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Thank You, HuffPost! 15 of HuffPost Religion’s most moving blogs from 2015

Thank You, HuffPost! 15 of HuffPost Religion’s most moving blogs from 2015

By on May 6, 2016 in Previous Posts with No Comments

Thank you HuffPost Religion for choosing my Khadija piece as a top blog of 2015.  Honored!   Original Khadija blog   Carol Kuruvilla Religion Associate Editor, The Huffington Post HuffPost Religion has been blessed with a wonderfully diverse group of bloggers who practice many of the world’s great religious traditions. Over the past year, our bloggers […]

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