Family

Raising My Son

Ever since November 7th, I have been struggling with sleepless nights. I toss and turn, thinking of my three-year-old son, worrying what this country has in store for him as an American Muslim. How can I help him navigate the bigotry and sheer ignorance he will surely encounter? How do I prepare…

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Yoga Specialist Zainab Answers our Questions: Does Yoga actually work?

Zainab Sarwar is a registered certified  power yoga specialist and nutritionist, and has run highly successful yoga studios in Pakistan. She is known for her unique approach in dealing with her clients, because she provides highly personalized support for everything from diet to exercise to help her clients reach their…

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How to Become a Muslim Foster Parent

Do you wonder how you can help foster kids?  Have you considered becoming a licensed foster parent? Maybe you’re not sure how to get started or what it entails? I’m frequently asked the same questions regarding foster care and how to become licensed. In recognition of National Foster Care Month,…

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When Pakistan is Safer than North Carolina

Remember the clock kid, Ahmed?  He was honored by President Obama for his ingenuity and scholastic achievement after he was put in handcuffs and arrested at his own school for the same. He lives with his family in Qatar now, because of safety concerns after he became a target of…

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Infertile Muslim Couples Face Tough Choices, Pressure

Genetics counselor Lama Eldahdah spends most of her time thinking about reproductive probabilities, but when she sits down with Muslim patients who are battling infertility, the conversation rarely focuses on odds. “Religious people say it’s God’s will, non-religious people say it’s statistics,” said Eldahdah, who works for Chicago’s Reproductive Genetics…

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Dear Elizabeth: Book reports and keeping tidy!

Dear Elizabeth: Should book reports be expected of elementary school children? Confused   Dear Confused, It is my belief and experience that when children are in elementary school, book reports are neither important nor advisable. The goal in the early years is to nurture a love of reading in children–reading…

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