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Month: November 2014 (Page 2 of 6)

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“The truthfulness of the dream is related to the sincerity of the dreamer. Those who have the most truthful dreams are those who are the most truthful in speech.”          The Prophet Muhammad*

Muslims believe in Prophets, all of the Biblical/Quranic prophets from Adam to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad, and tens of thousands of others, messengers from God to guide mankind.  It is said that Muhammad is the last of the Prophets, and there will be no others until the end of time, but something remains behind of prophethood.  And that something, that small remnant of prophecy left behind, is dreams.

Much like the story of Joseph’s dreams in the Torah, there is a long tradition of dream interpretation in Islam (and Judaism) and most observant Muslims believe that dreams have significance and will often seek out the pious to help interpret their dreams. Sometimes the dreams are clear signs, sometimes not. Sometimes they’re meaningful, sometimes just clutter.

A year or so after Adnan was convicted my mother, a devout woman often found mumbling prayers on a rosary or in prostration on a prayer mat, went for a pilgrimage to Mecca. When she returned she told us she prayed for Adnan there countless times and then had a clear dream. She dreamt that he emerged from an underground chamber, squinting in the light, after having been held captive there for a long time. She said it meant he would be exonerated and freed from incarceration. She also said he looked like he was in his mid to late 30’s. Continue reading

Serial Episode 8: Confirmation Bias FTW

*This post originally appeared in on November 14, 2014

The “West Memphis Three”. I once tweeted at Damien hoping to get his interest in Adnan’s case.                                        He never responded. Sniff.

The “West Memphis Three”. I once tweeted at Damien hoping to get his interest in Adnan’s case. He never responded. Sniff.

Raise your hand if you were surprised by what Jay had to say in this week’s episode.

No one better have their hand raised.

If you thought for an instant that “Mr. Your-Plea-Deal-Is-Good-Unless-You-Change-Your-Story” was going to do another “ok I come clean” when two random women show up at his door, I’ve got a bridge and a mid-east peace plan to sell you.

You may have been surprised, however, with how Jay was described. Or you may have been confused. His is a catalog of contradictory personality traits, from goofy to mean, from animal lover to rat-eating-frog enthusiast (sorry, you kind of can’t be both – Google that ish and you’ll see what I mean). Unlike Adnan, who has overwhelmingly been described in similar terms by most people who know him, Jay poses a challenge to us. Other than being identified as the odd guy out, there was little similarity between what people had to say about him. What to make of his conflicted, yet beautiful, unconventionality? Continue reading

Serial Episode 7: In Which I Exhale

*This post originally appeared at on Nov 7, 2014

Courtesy of Twitter buddy @FunSizeBytes, pretty much how I've been feeling all morning

Courtesy of Twitter buddy @FunSizeBytes, pretty much how I’ve been feeling all morning

Just to get it out of the way:

Yes. I knew. So did, of course, Adnan and his family, and my family and close friends. We’ve known the Innocence Project looked at the case before the podcast started.

Oh how I’ve wanted to spill it over the past six episodes. Especially in the face of comments and threads that increasingly condemned Adnan and those supporting him, I really really wanted to say “Hey. The Innocence Project took it. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS?”

I’ll start by telling you what it means to us. Many years ago Adnan applied to the Innocence Project of Maryland. They rejected his application due to “lack of DNA evidence in the case.” Three years ago when I moved back to Maryland, I reached out to them again. I emailed, called. Begged for a meeting. Ten minutes, just give me ten minutes I asked. They refused. It was crushing.

So when Sarah told me that Deirdre offered to look at the case, my heart nearly exploded.  The kind of explosion that oozes joy and molten chocolate. It’s no small thing for an institution as respected and prestigious as the Innocence Project to commit their time and resources to a case. They get thousands of applications annually. When they take a case, it not only says something about that case, they’re also putting their name on and tying their reputation to that case. Continue reading

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