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Zeba Khan is a bi-racial writer, parent, and autism awareness advocate. She is the mother of three children, a special little boy with autism and two special little girls without. Zeba writes about special needs parenting and autism awareness in addition to Islam and personal spirituality. By day, she is a mother and the managing director of an early-intervention ABA service. By night, she is a writer of poetry and fiction related to Islam and Muslims. She shamelessly solicits duas for the neurological development of her autistic son as well as the conversion of her Christian mother. So please make dua. JazakAllahuKheiran.

From Kansas to Palestine, Hatred and Pie


So a 73 year old KKK member has just gone on a shooting spree in Kansas, killing three people. He specifically targeted people of the Jewish faith. For every Muslim who condemns the killings and extends their sympathies to the Jewish community, expect to be asked, "But what about Palestine?" Because now that the shooting has stopped, let the shame grenading begin. Read More »

How Mars Became Haram: A Guide to Freaky Fatwa News

Haram Mars Header

So there’s a fun new fatwa being covered in the international news, and it goes like this: Mars Is Haram. Read More »

Red Wine and Hojabis: A Judgment on being Judgmental


We Muslims, we have a problem. We see someone attempting to do good, and Shaitaan causes us to focus on the bad. Read More »

Three Good Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Me Money | Abez


I've got three really good reasons why you shouldn't give me any money, and one really bad one.  But first, some background information. I've been leading a double life, and I have two entirely separate internet personas.  One is the Abez you see here- I'm a writer, blogger, and mother of a seven year old on the autism spectrum.  I ... Read More »

The Myth of the Naturally Good Muslim

No Soul

On a dark and stormy night in the dark cave of man's mind, Shaitaan once lit a campfire and settled down to tell a story- a myth, in fact.  It went like this: Once upon a time Islam was revealed to a Prophet of near God-like perfection.  He shared it with his friends, who were all superhumans lacking any embarrassing ... Read More »

A Dollar or a Dua for the Philippines


I have a special relationship with the Philippines- even though I doubt the islands know. When my son was diagnosed with autism and my husband and I were struggling to meet his monthly therapy needs and begging Allāh for help, He gave us a special needs teacher and ABA therapist from there. Her passion, energy, and relentless dedication firmly paved ... Read More »

Look Who’s Coming Out, But It Isn’t What You Think

Sounds fair enough.

The hardest part about coming out has got to be coming up with a good opening line.  I haven't got one though. So I'll give it to you straight. I'm not gay, but I could be dying. As fas I know, not imminently though.  I've known for years now that certain things in my body aren't working properly – like ... Read More »

Fear of Good Deeds? Ain’t nobody got time for that.


I didn’t know that I was struggling with Riyā’ because I didn’t know what Riyā’ was supposed to be called. All I knew was that doing acts of worship for anyone other than Allah was shirk, and I was terrified by the possibility that I could, inadvertently, be worshipping my ego instead of my Lord. Read More »

What I Learned about Lipstick from my Five Year Old

What I Learned About Lipstick

I walked into an interesting conversation the other day between a middle-aged woman and her teenage daughter.  It was happening in front of a ladies room mirror, and it went like this: Mother, angrily: You're wearing lipstick? Daughter, sulking: No, I'm not. Mother: You are, I can see you are. Daughter: It's not lipstick. Mother: Yes it is, I can ... Read More »

What I Learned About Ramadan – By Not Fasting

Level Up

Ramadan 2013 Posts I missed all but five fasts last Ramadan, and if this sounds like a shocking confession, you might want to try a survey of women to see how many of them have fasts to make up.  Many young mothers struggle to make up dozens -if not hundreds- of fasts missed in the alternating cycles of pregnancy and ... Read More »

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