Abez sez Assalamualaikum!

Islam, Autism, Mom-ism.


Identity vs. Nationality vs. Ethnicity

Being half Pakistani, half white, raised in America and living in the UAE, I’ve long ago learned that when people ask me where I’m from, they don’t want to hear ‘Chicago.’ They want to know why I look like an Arab, sound like an American and hang out with a brown guy who bears striking…

Continue Reading

A dose of Awesomeness for the day

First, there is the Story of Bottled Water, which is not only adorably illustrated, but well scripted, and well-needed information about the bottled water industry.  Abez gives it three thumbs up, and is going to buy Reusable Bottles for All, made out of BPA-free plastic, of course. Hip, hip?  Hooray! And then there’s the second…

Continue Reading


Nablus Now

Nablus Now In Auschwitz it dripped In Nablus now it drips From flesh it freshly flowed As in Nablus now it rips In Auschwitz she cried In Nablus now she cries Hated hands held her and hers As in Nablus where she lies In Auschwitz they moaned In Nablus now they moan Hear the hunger…

Continue Reading


No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little Iman jumping on the bedShe fell off and bumped her head!Momma called the doctor and the doctor said:Take her to the ER, she might need stitches. As life imitates art (or vice-versa?) Iman smashed her head against the corner of a dressing table while jumping on Momma’s bed and initiated herself into the…

Continue Reading


There’s a monster under my bed, but don’t worry, I think it’s just me.

For the most part, I consider myself a fairly well put together person. Alhamdulillah, I’m not easily given to panic or woe-is-me-ism. Lately though, I find myself being ambushed by sudden, overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and futility. Am I depressed? Not nearly as much as I was last month or so. I think I’m just…

Continue Reading