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Slow on the Straight Path: A Muslim’s Guide to Being Real

I am still redefining my Islam, this is where I start: It is an Opening (such as the first ayah in the Qu’ran) rather than a closing. It makes me accessible to humanity, compassion, and kindness. Being a Muslim places upon me the duty for righteous acts and justice, but not in a way that is demeaning and judgmental to others. This compassion extends to my own being — learning to still feel that I am worthy and OK even in prayers missed or in those ever frequent moments that I fall short of God’s glory.

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A Curious Geography

I was once married to a Nobel Peace prize co-laureate. I’ve lived and traveled abroad as a diplomat’s wife. I’ve exchange greetings with queens, first ladies of foreign countries, and foreign ministers. In Nairobi, I dined with a world famous economist. Before 9/11, I interviewed and, on one occasion, dined with individuals associated with the Taleban.

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