The Airing of the Grievances | 2017

The Airing of the Grievances | 2017

I’ve got a lot of problems with you people…and now you’re gonna hear about it! As always, I try my best not to spend the whole year bitching and complaining about things that bother me. (Sometimes I’m obviously more successful…

43 Career Lessons at Age 43

43 Career Lessons at Age 43

I graduated high school a year early and never went to college. I spent my 20’s doing all manner of random jobs including administrative support, car washing, and food service. Somewhere in the middle of my 30’s, after getting married…

Enough is Enough: On the Oppressive Culture of American Mosques

Enough is Enough: On the Oppressive Culture of American Mosques

Asalaamu-Alaikum wa’ Rahmatullah wa’Barakatohu. My friends, I have made a mistake. Since I embraced Islam 18 years ago, I’ve been at odds with the way Austin-area mosques have structured their common areas to partition men and women away from each…

My Religion, and My Father

Originally Posted at Love, Inshallah. I was on a conference call one evening last week when my call waiting beeped at me. It took me a few seconds to recognize the number since I only see that area code a…

On the Recent Uptick of Online Hate Toward Muslims

On the Recent Uptick of Online Hate Toward Muslims

I’ve spent the last week on the internet dealing with increased hate and vitriol toward Muslims. Let me be clear: I am an excellent human being. I work hard at it. (This wasn’t always so!) One of the things that…

Radio Azad Interview | Social Media | December 21, 2016

Radio Azad Interview | Social Media | December 21, 2016

Feelings.

Feelings.

I’ve got some feelings. Feelings that I don’t want to argue about or debate. I just want to share. Feel free to share your feelings, too. 1. I am feeling betrayed by both Democratic and Republican political leadership for being…

What are YOU going to DO?

What are YOU going to DO?

A week after the election I went to a community meeting that was convened by a local non-profit. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together a diverse crowd and discuss how to be good allies. It was a…