How Do We Talk About the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting?

Two weeks ago, a gunman entered a movie theater in Colorado and killed twelve people. In the days following the shootings in Aurora, there were discussions. We spoke of inadequate gun laws. Or we argued that this had nothing to do with guns....more
Thank you for this very thought provoking post.  And it's so true - the media and our education ...more

Let's Report on Shaima AlAwadi Without Saying Honor Killing or Hate Crime

An uncharacteristic apathy washed over me when I heard the news of an American Muslim woman murdered in El Cajon, California last month. Thirty two year old Shaima AlAwadi was found bludgeoned to death in her home, with a note calling her a terrorist laying next to her. Recently discovered court documents indicating that AlAwadi was filing for divorce are now leading the media to suggest that her assailant may have been a family member thus rendering her another casualty in a phenomenon that is on the rise in North America called "honor killings" that are supposedly on the rise because of the higher numbers of immigrant Muslim communities in North America....more
Ms Khan, could we possibly ask you to first allow the police to complete their investigation of ...more

An All American Muslim Reaction to TLC's "All American Muslim"

TLC’s All American Muslim, a new eight-part series about American Muslims living in Dearborn, Michigan, debuts November 13 at 10p.m. ET and it is so much more than just another reality TV show....more
@Faiqa I sometimes wish Christians were NOT the dominant group in the United States. I think ...more

A Reluctant Soccer Mom in Unknown Territory

It’s official: My daughter had her first soccer practice yesterday. Despite the affected disdain I’ve been projecting on Twitter, I’m really very excited for her and not the slightest bit upset that this event has destroyed the last vestiges of my "edginess" by relegating me to the domain of “Suburban Soccer Mom.”  Okay, maybe I’m slightly upset.  But not at her.  Thank goodness, I traded the Volvo SUV in for a Prius, otherwise I might have to get my eyebrow pierced or tattoo Chinese profanity in a prominent place on my body. ...more
Your feelings are no different then any parent taking their child to soccer, little league, ...more

Aasiya Hassan: To Him She Belongs And To Him She Returns

I’ve been thinking about Aasiya Hassan non-stop for two days. All I know about her is this: She was a Pakistani-American, a mother of two small children, a Muslim, a co-owner of a television station, and the victim of a horrific murder at the hands of her abusive husband. He was convicted yesterday of second degree manslaughter. According to the news reports, Mrs. Hassan had filed for divorce and her husband killed her a week later. Actually, he did more than kill her. He beheaded her. ...more

There's been extensive scholarly work on this idea... one theory (to which I ascribe) is that ...more

The Festival of Sacrifice and Unexpected Eid Blessings

Being part of a community of worshipers is an integral part of being a Muslim, and of course my kids and family will always, God willing, attend Eid prayers and go to the parties afterward. In the future, though, we're going to take time to ... well, to breathe in the blessings that God has given us. Religious holidays are more than parties and candy and toys -- they are blessings. ...more

I agree. At least for me the improvisational aspect removed the pressure for things to go a ...more

Someone Who Made My Life Hell

So, when Claire accompanied me to junior high, I felt incredibly lucky. I’ll never forget that first day of seventh grade when the handful of friends I had were assigned a different lunch period, and Claire suggested that I eat lunch in the bathroom all by myself so I wouldn’t look like a loser because I didn’t know anyone in the cafeteria. Claire was an expert at keeping me from looking like a loser. ...more

I remember my Claire, very sad how we train ourselves to believe we're not good enough unless ...more