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5 Times Malala has Owned her Critics

Reprinted from the Islamic Monthly.  One would have thought that a 15-year-old girl shot in the head for speaking out in favor of education for girls would be hailed as a hero. Unfortunately, there is no dearth of people who have scathingly criticized Malala Yousafzai. Yousafzai makes many Pakistanis proud…

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4 Tips to Help Your Child Sleep Better

As a parent, making sure your kids are getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do for their health and dispositions. But as you probably know quite well, such a natural process comes with a variety of challenges — everything from kiddos who leave 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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An Open Mosque for an Open America

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) recently released “Muslims at the Crossroads,” the report on its 2017 American Muslim Poll. Many of us have found ourselves increasingly worried about sending our children to school, wearing hijab in public, travelling across borders, and generally, being Muslim in America since…

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Women in Aleppo Choose Suicide Over Rape

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops swept into eastern Aleppo on Monday, recapturing nearly all of the rebel held areas. With the help of Russian forces and Shiite militias under Iranian command, the regime launched a relentless assault has resulted in wanton slaughter. As the 100,000 people packed into roughly five square…

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Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home

Munira Ezzeldine and Noha Alshugairi, American Muslim counselors, educators, and moms, have published a parenting book for Muslim parents – “Positive Parenting in the Muslim Home”.  At a time when Muslim parents in America are struggling to help their children cope with the stresses of rising Islamophobia and a sense…

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The letter

For months, perhaps even for years, I had been composing in my mind the letter I was going to write to my daughter before she left for college.  I wanted to fill it with wonderful memories and maternal wisdom, with practical advice and big doses of encouragement. I wanted to…

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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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