Memories of Ice Skating at the Town Center

As a child, I always looked forward to ice skating at the local shopping center. Maybe this year, I'll finally learn how to 'Shoot the Duck'! ...more
My dad made ice out back a few times... but I always had my ankles touching the ice instead of ...more

What Is Huma Thinking? Is It Any of Our Business?

Since Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner's chain of bad decision making broke publicly, his wife and long-time aide to Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin has been forced into media headlines. First, because of her supposed ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and now because she's too pretty for Weiner? ...more

A Baby, A Beautiful Perspective

I traveled to an HIV and AIDS camp for girls in South Africa in 2006 as a volunteer Life Skills Specialist. My mission at the 10-day long camp was to empower the girls, aged 5 to 15, with the tools they'd need to make informed decisions about sex, drugs, and alcohol in an effort to help eradicate the HIV and AIDS epidemic plaguing their country....more

The Anthem of the Stylish Muslim Woman

No matter who you are, what you do, how much money you make, or how curvy/tall/petite/small you are (or want to be) fashion can feel intimidating. I think this is especially true for Muslim women who wear hijab. No matter where we go we carry this announcement of faith around with us. And though it can feel incredibly empowering and superhero-like to know that a 1,400 year-old-religion is thriving among Muslim women who could otherwise be lost among the herds of cleavage and short-shorts, it can also be a little nerve-wracking....more
Thank you so much for giving this wonderful point of view.  I am not Muslim so I do not know ...more

Leaving My Job and Finding Fashioning Faith

When I decided to leave my job to peruse my writing full time, I got a lot of questions. I got even more questions when word got out that the only journalist in our family was leaving life in corporate America, at one of the most reputable news organizations in the world, to blog? Or as some would hear it: Become a full-fledged Couch Potato. ...more

Your article is fabulous, you passion and courage come right through in your writing. ...more

Stranger Texting: When Cell Phones Get Creepy

Since I’m not on Facebook, I’m not down with the cultural trends of the social network, but is that what people do? Post their phone numbers on the Internet? That’s like publishing your home address, or taking a picture of your license plate. All of which are things that should be on your Don’t Ever Do This list. Especially if you’re a woman. Any lunatic could find your number and subsequently text you saying he’s looking at you through your window. And then you’ll be forced to wash the powdered sugar off your face. ...more
I had the same sort of experience with people thinking I was someone called Annie, they would ...more

On Being a Muslim-American Woman

Recently, I was on a flight headed to the east coast to visit my family when I saw a woman board the plane with a little girl who I pegged to be less than 2 years old. The child was a hysterical wreck from the moment she set foot on the plane until we landed four hours later. The mother and daughter were seated one row behind me. There was a storm developing close by, so the pilot made an announcement that we'd remain grounded for about 30 minutes. He'd keep us posted. ...more

In sharing these thoughts. I will have to read this multiple times.

I am not an atheist, but ...more

Park 51: On Building a Mosque Near Ground Zero

When I first caught wind that there were plans brewing to build a mosque near Ground Zero, my initial thoughts were: Are you serious? Why on earth would anyone want to build a Muslim place of worship near the site of the 9/11 attacks? ...more
I am surprised that any feminist would support Islam. If your idea is that "Islam is a religion ...more