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Rabia Chaudry

Month: December 2014 (Page 1 of 3)

Happy New Year Indeed

Screenshot of Jay's interview header

Screenshot of Jay’s interview header.

I never thought it would actually happen. That Jay Wilds would give an interview. When I saw his Facebook post last week, the one that quickly disappeared, I thought either someone would advise him to not to talk or the DA’s office in Maryland would make sure he didn’t.

Luckily for all of us, neither of those things happened. Jay talked and my head exploded. So did my Twitter feed, because I have trouble not being reactive. Anyhow. Back to the crazy that was Jay’s interview.

I guess we start at the beginning.  With lie number one: Continue reading

The Most Wonderful Time

A Christmas display in front of a mosque in Beirut, Lebanon.

A Christmas display in front of a mosque in Beirut, Lebanon.

*This post should have gone up at least 48 hours ago because er, its a Christmas post, but I decided to listen to my body and just take a break, man I needed one. So apologies for this belated post, but I figured you’d understand, us being friends and all. 

A couple of weeks ago, over the phone with my younger sister (also an observant Muslim like me), I had the following conversation:

Me: Have you gone shopping, been to the malls?

Her: No, but I want to, I just love seeing all the Christmas stuff

Me: Me too!  I love the songs, the lights, the decorations hehehee

Her: I knoooooowwwwww….its the most wonderful time of the year!

Clearly, we have drunk deeply of the Christmas spirit kool-aid, and fatwa or no fatwa, we’re going to hold on to our unrequited love of this holiday season.

Two things I want to share with this post. First, a reprint of a Christmas blog I wrote a couple of years ago, which first appeared on Patheos. Second, at the very bottom of that piece, a gift for the readers. Continue reading

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In three days of fundraising, we’ve raised over $20,000 for Adnan’s legal defense fund. I am incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of both friends and strangers, and we’ve only just begun. If you enjoy my blog, and get something out of it, a request that you please donate if you haven’t done so already. It doesn’t have to be a lot, whatever you can give.  Here is where you can give to his fund. Continue reading

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