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Civil rights lawyer. Cat owner. Ice cream eater. Cupcake baker. (Views are personal and RTs are not endorsements.)
15 Apr
“Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return."
We were at a dinner party, joking that having a cat would be practice for having kids. Another guest overhead us and spoke up. They had recently rescued a stray who they learned had Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
As much as they loved him, they needed to segregate him from their other pets. Would we be open to considering an FIV+ cat? Yes, of course. We went to their house that night to meet him, for consideration.
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14 Apr
I haven’t been this broken in a long time. Image
Many of you have met Fiasco on video calls over the last few weeks. Many more of you have heard me rave about him over the last nearly decade that I have had him. He is family.
Over the weekend I noticed some peculiar differences in his behavior. He was more interested in water but not drinking. He meowed at his food but was never finishing it. The very same treats he broke into my cabinets for one day were left uneaten the next.
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26 Nov 19
CBP Officer: how long were you in Mexico?
Me: five days
CBP Officer: Ok stand in front of the camera so I can take your picture
Me: I’d like to opt out
A handful of airports across the country are rolling out facial recognition technology. CBP claims they need to take your picture to compare it to your passport. Never mind that they’re looking right at your face, live.
They claim they delete the pictures after 12 hours. What they don’t say is who they will or won’t share the picture with in the meantime.

They also offer that US citizens can opt out. It’s in the fine print. I read it. Then I opted out.
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30 Sep 19
On the authority of Abu Sa`eed al-Khudree (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say:
”Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.” [Muslim]
What is it that one could say about Palestine that would upset right wingers, Islamophobes, and radical Zionists all at once?
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19 Sep 19
Since this is going to be in your newsfeeds in the morning - here’s a thread about me being voted off the board of @WomensMarch tonight 1/
A few hours ago, I was voted off the @WomensMarch national board. 2/
This followed an Islamophobic smear campaign led by the usual antagonists, who have long targeted me, my colleagues, and anyone else who dares speak out in support of Palestinian human rights and the right to self-determination. 3/
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22 Jun 18
Today, Alhamdulillah, the award I wrote about two weeks ago, which had been previously rescinded was reinstated.
(This is good news. It won’t go viral the way the bad news did without some intentionality. So I’m asking for your help. Please share this if it resonates, if it gives you hope, if it makes you smile, and if this is what you believe reconciliation should look like.)
Later this year, I will InshaAllah accept an award from PACT for my work in the community.
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9 Jun 18
Last night, I was scheduled to receive an award for my community building work from an interfaith organization. *However, earlier this week, the organization rescinded my award because of my vocal support of Palestinian human rights.*
When I received a call in March notifying me that I had been selected as one of the organization’s 2018 awardees, I was honored. I accepted the invitation, and my name was publicly announced as one of their honorees.
Last week however, the organization’s leadership reached out to me. *During our conversation they shared that the organization’s Jewish members were upset at my being honored, because of my vocal advocacy on Apartheid Israel, and in support of Palestinian human rights.*
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15 May 18
wants to talk to you about the Muslims who work with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) under the guise of interfaith relations and civil rights work.
Here's why it matters when your Muslim activists, leaders, and organizations work with the ADL.
1) During the struggled to end apartheid in South Africa, the ADL opposed civil and human rights activists.
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