With Michelle Koch; With Rabbi Deborah Hirsch & Khalid Rehman

With Michelle Koch; With Rabbi Deborah Hirsch & Khalid Rehman

Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, Village Temple, NYC.  June 1, 2017
'Love Pakistan' was the topic of the evening, along the theme of #LoveNotTolerance. A bookreading with a slide show showcasing Pakistan, and an iftar with Pakistani food. A shout-out to Michelle Koch for organizing all the beautiful details.

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Temple Shaarey Tefila. May 26, 2017
What are the similarities in Juadism and Islam; and what is an American Muslim Identity.  A talk at Shabaat services.

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Ahavas Achim, Keene, NH. May 20-21, 2017
"I came here with 10 questions on Islam, and now have only two." An attendee at the synagogue commented after our talk on Islam 101. The temple kept us busy with serious of talks, but we enjoyed our conversation with the Sunday School students the most.

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Jericho Public Library, Jericho, NY. May 17, 2017
This library has a beautiful auditorium and I had the pleasure to engage with a very well informed and articulate audience. Enjoyed it immensely.

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Hadassah New York. May 16, 2017
Talk on 'Being Muslim in Pakistan; Being Muslim in America.' Here with Barbara Charig and Ellen Shwarts

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With Imam Anas Shaikh

With Imam Anas Shaikh

Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, Binghamton, NY. May 12, 2017
A talk at the mosque on An American Muslim Identity.

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Barnes & Noble, Vestal/Binghamton, NY. May 12, 2017
Muslim Girl Scouts gathered as I spoke to them about being an author, and did a book reading for the Muslim youth.

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The Crescent Academy, Binghamton, NYMay 12, 2017
Story-time for the children at school. Adorable children. Got lots of hugs.

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Book Club Meeting, Point Pleasant, NJ.  May 10, 2017
Members of three book clubs gathered to discuss 'Threading My Prayer Rug.'

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Cherry Hill Library, Cherry Hill, NJMay 4, 2017
A book reading sponsored by the JCRC, Pakistani American Society of South Jersey, and the Cherry Hill Township.

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Jewish Community Relations Council, Cherry Hill, NJ. May 4, 2017
"We all have the same story," an attendee remarked as I related my Muslim immigrant story to the interfaith audience.

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Rob McCoole, Asst. Director of library

Rob McCoole, Asst. Director of library

Guilford Free Library, Guilford, CT. May 3, 2017
"How is it that some Muslim women cover their hair and others do not?" A lady asked me as I signed the book for her. "This is how I was brought up, and htis is how I am most comfortable," I invoked the Pakistani culture of the sixties.
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First Congregational Church, Canandaigua, NY. April 28-30, 2017
The Sunday School children presented us with a cutout of children holding hands, and 2 place mats made with interwoven strips of paper. My husband and I had given lectures on Islam to the children and the adults.

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With Caren Singer & Judy Langer, organizer

With Caren Singer & Judy Langer, organizer

Center for Living & Learning. April 25, 2017
Caren Singer and I presented on the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. When the question was asked, 'Why aren't the moderate Muslims speaking out, Caren had her answer ready, standing up for her Muslim sisters.

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Women's Diversity Book Group, Englewood, NJ. Apr. 25, 2017
An amazing group of women assembled in a beautiful home to feast on Pakistani-Kosher home cooked dinner. I was tickled pink when one of the guests waled in wearing a shalwar qameez (second from left). I got some interesting questions from a gracious group, in a warm and welcoming setting.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day. NYC. Apr. 24, 2017
A Muslim family hosted a gathering of Jews and Muslims in commemorations of the darkest period in Jewish history.  Read my blog
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With Rabbi Sue Wasserman & Gail Yarosh

With Rabbi Sue Wasserman & Gail Yarosh

Temple Beth David of the South Shore, Canton, MA.  Apr. 23, 2017
A debate on the Shia-Sunni Divide, my husband Khalid and I took sides, and took questions.  Over 70 people packed into the community room in this beautiful setting. A book reading followed.

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With the founders of ICLI, Dr. Jamil Khan, Dr. Farida Khan, and Dr. Faroque Khan

With the founders of ICLI, Dr. Jamil Khan, Dr. Farida Khan, and Dr. Faroque Khan

Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI). April 9, 2017
"What are some of the challenges you have faced in doing interfaith work?" I was asked.  My take: motivating my fellow Muslims to get involved. Its a work in progress.

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Barnes & Nobel, Rochester, NY. Apr 1, 2017

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With Gaynelle Wethers, President of the American Assoc. of University Women, co-sponsor of the event

With Gaynelle Wethers, President of the American Assoc. of University Women, co-sponsor of the event

Rochester, NY. April 1, 2017
A 100 people must have packed in the beautiful Perkins Mansion. Our talk: Islam 101. The question: What can we do to prevent radicalization amongst the youth? The take-away: We need to address bullying of children in schools. It leads to isolation, making youth vulnerable to radicalization through the internet.

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Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes, NJ. March 26, 2017
Only in America! At Sunday Services, my husband called the Adhan - the Muslim call to prayer, and I was asked to read the Call to Worship. The congregation presented us with beautiful prayer shawls, hand-woven by the congregants, "As you wear this shawl, may you be cradles in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love."

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Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes, NJ. March 25, 2017
Book Reading and a home-cooked dinner. "I have learnt that you are people just like us," a member stopped by my table to tell me. Another brought me some bread, "This is from my favorite bakery." While the questions at the book reading were about 'Tell us about the pilgrimage', at the table we talked about how to get an interfaith book club going.

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A beautiful present: a painting of the church by a congregant

A beautiful present: a painting of the church by a congregant

Protestant Community Church of Medford Lakes, NJ.  March 25, 2017
"What is the day-in-the-life of a Muslim who observes the 5 tenets, i.e. belief, prayer, fasting, charity, & pilgrimage?" This is the first time we were asked this question. Khalid and I gave a talk on the Quran, Family, Women, Shia-Sunni, & Shariah.

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With Steven Lee, Special Asst. for New Formation & Outreach Programs, and audience members

With Steven Lee, Special Asst. for New Formation & Outreach Programs, and audience members

Cathedral of St. John The Divine. March 20, 2017
Its the first time someone asked me this question: How do your children's cousins in Pakistan view your children's religiosity?
Liberal? Conservative? We had quite the discussion with a remarkable audience.

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With the board and staff of City Reliquary

With the board and staff of City Reliquary

The City Reliquary. March 2, 2017
This is the first time my son and I co-presented on being Muslim in America, a perspective from two generations. And mommy was so proud of him. "What was it like for you to have your mother write about your family's story?"

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Radio interview: WJFF 90.5 fm March 1, 2017
WJFFradio.org
Click on: Talk Shop. March 1, 2017, 7:00 pm
In right hand column hit play or download.

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Church of St. Francis Xavier. Feb. 28, 2017
A book reading with an outcome. The enthusiastic audience is going to form an interfaith book club.

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New Perspectives Book Club. McFarland, WI.  Feb. 22, 2017
Isn't Skype wonderful! Distances mean nothing when you can share your thoughts face-to-face, and learn that we all feel the same way; we all have the same things on our mind; and we are all on the same track.

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BBYO International Conference. February 17-18, 2017
Imagine a gathering of 2,700 teens. Sense the synergy & excitement. It was awesome. Jewish teens reaffirming their beliefs, commitment to social justice, and just being part of a community.
Above: A book signing in between a talk on Islamic perspective on immigrants & refugees; and 'Islam, Me & America'.
Below: At Shabaat service - To Make The World A Better Place. My role was to present a Muslim immigrant's experience.

Trudy Album is a holocaust survivor. Here w Imam Abdullah Antelpi, & the teens.

Trudy Album is a holocaust survivor. Here w Imam Abdullah Antelpi, & the teens.

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Church of St. Francis Xavier. February 3, 2017
"You have sanctified the place," Father Sean Toole said to Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, after he performed the ceremony of Zihkr (remembrance of God) at the Church of St. Francis Xavier. It is Interfaith Harmony Week, and the church held "A Conversation on Understanding, Respect, and Solidarity Among Faith Religions". Rabbi Leah Berkowitz and Rabbi Perry Berkowitz's appeal for solidarity & support of Muslims brought tears to my eyes. "I shudder," said Rabbi Berkowitz, drawing parallels with the events preceding the holocaust. Many embraces followed. I am warm all over with all the hugs I got.

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Book Party.  January 29, 2017
"This is my story." "This is my mother's story." Young ladies of Pakistani origin gathered in Farah's living room and the discussion soon turned into current events, and 'what can we do to make our voices heard?' We can do a lot, and these young ladies are ready.
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B'nai Jeshurun. January 28, 2017
The more interesting discussion took place after the book reading, and after the Q&A. I walked away with business cards, leads to more events, and a lunch and coffee date. It was probably the largest audience I have read to. What a supportive group!
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Daughters of Abraham

Daughters of Abraham

The Transition Network. January 26, 2017
In a beautiful living room setting, we had an even more beautiful interfaith dialogue. What started as a discussion of values, led to a 'how can we support each other', and a tangible to-do list. 'The Daughters of Abraham in Dialogue' was launched; we will go to Muslim events together, join one another for faith events in our living rooms and in public places, do speaking events, volunteer together, sign up for newsletters from Muslim organizations and hear the voices of moderation speak out....
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Center for Living and Learning. January 24, 2017
My husband and I did some role-playing at our lecture on Shia-Sunni Divide at the Center for Living & Learning. He was the good Sunni and I played the good Shia. We debated, found a happy medium, and decided to shake hands and make-up.
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Book Club. January 23, 2017
This was in New Mexico, and no, I didn't fly out. Skype did it. One Q: so that was the children..how is it with the grandchildren? One response I get from all book clubs: 'We love your husband.' I told them,"I love him too."
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Judy Langer directs the program

Judy Langer directs the program

Center for Living and Learning. January 17, 2017
So, is there a parallel between Shariah and the American Constitution? You bet the discussion was spirited. I love this place, the participants are so well informed, so curious, they ask great questions, and want more, more, and more. This session was on Family Law.
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Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew. Dec. 18, 2016
What a beautiful service, and so gracious of Rev. Karpin to ask me to be part of the celebration of the Fourth Sunday in Advent at a Service of Lessons and Carols. I read verses from the Quran from the chapter of Mary where the angel tells Mary that she will have a son, and the baby speaks from the cradle. The audience also got to hear the Arabic recital of a few verses. So many people said to me that they had no idea that Jesus's birth was mentioned in the Quran.

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Cordoba House Celebrates Prophet Muhammad's birthday. Dec. 11, 2016
There are moments in your life that are beyond precious. As I was reading to the children & parents, my granddaughter crept up to me, and wrapped her arms around my legs, resting her head. What was going through her innocent mind? Was she laying claim to her grandma?

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Islamic Center at New York University.  Dec. 6, 2016
"When did you come to the conclusion that it was ok to have a Christmas tree in the house?" Students braved the rain to make it to the book reading. Imam Khalid Latif was live streaming, and over 3,000 viewers tuned in.

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Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Dec. 4, 2016
Over 400 Muslim and Jewish women came together in solidarity to affirm their commitment to fight against bigotry. "Who will register as a Muslim?" The hands of Jewish women went up. Daughters of Abraham prayed side-by-side, in their own tradition, to the God of Abraham. Read my blog

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Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, N.Y. Nov. 30, 2016
My class: Rabbinical, Cantoral & Masters students. The topic: 'Immigrant Muslims in the U.S.' A tough question: How are you trying to bring the ultra-conservatives into mainstream?

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Center for Living and Learning. Nov. 16, 2016
'A Muslim Immigrant's Story', was the topic.  'Are you optimistic about the future, given the outcome of the election?', someone asked me. 'How can we engage with Muslims; I want to get to know a Muslim'.

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With Judy Langer, CLL

With Judy Langer, CLL

Center for Living and Learning. Nov. 9, 2016
Quran, Shariah, women’s rights, suicide bombing, violence, polygamy, divorce…you name it, we talked about it. And of course, the ubiquitous ‘why aren’t the Muslims speaking out?’

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With Luz Marina Diaz and Khalid

With Luz Marina Diaz and Khalid

St. Francis of Xavier Church. Nov. 6, 2016
The audience and I had so much fun during the book reading, and as always, it ended with a question: 'How can we help?' I am still getting email orders for books (we ran out). People want to give them out as gifts for the holidays.

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Gathering of Light Interspiritual Fellowship's 11th Annual Wellness Expo & Psychic Fair. Nov. 5, 2016
The highlight of the event was the services I attended just prior to the opening of the fair. Music, songs, hugs, and a spirit of fellowship. I walked in loaded with books, returned empty handed; but really, I had walked in rather empty in spirituality, and came back loaded.

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American University in Cairo, Oct. 31.
Kathleen Saville, an American who teaches at the University, read my book, assigned her students to read Chapter 1, & set up a Skype call for me to discuss the book with the class. The girls were lovely & so enthusiastic. Kathleen's memoir, 'Rowing for My Life: Two Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey,' comes out Feb. 2017 by Arcade, the same publisher as mine.

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Faculty and students of Wagner College

Faculty and students of Wagner College

Wagner College, Staten Island. Nov. 2, 2016
Students of Autobiography wanted to know: what would the face of the future generations of Muslims be like, as in 'conservative', 'liberal', etc.  Reading assignment for class preparation: Threading My Prayer Rug.

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Muslim Leadership Training. Oct. 29, 2016
"What is Shariah?" 
I was asked this question at a recent book reading. I registered for this session to find my answer. Led by Imam Feisal A. Rauf (seated next to me), Dr. Jasser Auda, and Abed Awad, Esq., the students ranged from imams, community leaders, doctors, activists, and counselers.

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New York Library. Oct. 26, 2016
To my surprise, the room filled up with young Pakistani women, lovely-all of them, and none of them known to me. We clustered afterwards; they all live in the neighborhood, one of them had read the book and mobilized the others to come. Turned out, their children go to the same Sunday School as my granddaughter, Asha. Behind me in the photo is Barbara Donsky, author of Veronica's Grave.

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Al-Madany Islamic Center of Norwalk, Connecticut. Oct. 22, 2016
This was my first book reading in a mosque, and my first booking. Zeba Iqbal, our gracious host, had put this event on my calendar way back in June, well before the book was published. This beautiful mosque is a former church - you can tell.

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Beacon Hebrew Alliance. Oct 19, 2016
It was the Sukkah festival, and Rabbi Brent Spodek invited me for a book reading. The Rabbi and my son Asim were in class-mates in middle school. I loved it when a woman asked: why are the daughters of Pakistani immigrants wearing white at their wedding, & why not the Pakistani red; wouldn't life be so much more colorful if we held onto the traditions of the old country? She has a point.

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The Transition Network. Oct. 19. 2016
A lovely gathering of ladies in a beautiful setting on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One of the ladies, a teacher, made my day when she stressed the need to include Islam in the school curriculum. "It has to start at the grade school level..." she emphasized. I couldn't agree more.

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Bergen County Community College, New Jersey. Oct. 1, 2016
In preparation for this session, the instructor, Ilene Singh, had given the students of the Writing Class a reading assignment: two chapters from my memoir. I spoke to them about the process and techniques for memoir writing. In this photo, Ilene is standingby my side, as she always had.

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JCC Staten Island. Sept. 29, 2016
What a spirited discussion! In this safe space, the audience voiced all they had on their minds: sharia law, the silent majority, role of American Muslims, Pakistan. . . .  
We need more forums like these, and more heart-to-heart dialogue.

Horizon House. Sept. 22, 2016
We ended up sharing our stories in what was supposed to be a Q&A.
Hands raised, "I had the exact same experience...let me tell you."
We were comparing Pakistani culture with American culture.

Flushing Interfaith Council & Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens. Sept. 20, 2016
Pick a faith and they were there. Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu . . . did I say Muslim?  
Q: Why the title 'Threading My Prayer Rug'? [I won't give it away].

September 12. Eid ul Adha at Cordoba House
A children-centered celebration of Eid ul Adha, with prayer, a chidren's sermon, music, story time, arts & crafts,  and of course food. I read a story of Eid and Sunday School from my memoir.

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Faith Not Fear. Middle Collegiate Church. September 11, 2016
The 15th anniversary of 9/11 came in tandem with the days of celebration of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. In the midst of a polarizing election, multi-religious communities (and those of no religion) came together in peace and unity for solemn remembrance of 9/11, education about Eid, and hope in the ultimate triumph of radical love. The event was held in partnership with TRIBE, Middle Collegiate Church & Intersections International.
It was an event of unique memorial of music and song, wisdom from diverse traditions, and a time of reflection together in a safe and inclusive space.

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Watchung Booksellers - September 8, 2016
A book reading or a reunion of University Hospital-UMDNJ of the 20th century? We were colleagues in the 1990s, we went our separate ways, then retired, and yesterday we all came together, friends forever.

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ISNA Convention - Meet the Author. Sept. 4, 2016
During Q&A after my book reading, a woman dressed in a Pakistani outfit raised her hand. 'I just recognized the author. I knew her as Sabeeha Akbar from the College of Home Economics in Lahore. I was a year senior to her.' Oh my God! Picture the hugs and teary eyes that followed. The last time we met was in 1969. And she recognized me! She is as beautiful as she always was.
And if that wasn't good enough, see who I else I met.

Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan

Ghazala Khan

Ghazala Khan

Linda Sarsour & my husband Khalid

Linda Sarsour & my husband Khalid

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John Fuller, Kinokuniya, welcomes the audience

John Fuller, Kinokuniya, welcomes the audience

Kinokuniya Book Store. August 27, 2016
After I had finished reading, a beautiful Chinese lady in the audience stood up and said, '. . . What you just read about the Pakistani culture, is so similar to the Chinese culture. We also say 'no' when offered something to drink; and when given a compliment, modesty requires that we deny it, so that whenever someone said to my father, 'your daughter is beautiful', he would say 'no she isn't'.  This lady happened to have been crowned Miss China. How about that!  Watch Video

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Diane Matyas (S.I. Museum), Cheryl Adolph (CEO & President, Staten Island Museum), Yours Truly, Debra Feaser (Edward Jones), and Amanda Stranieri (S.I. Museum)

Diane Matyas (S.I. Museum), Cheryl Adolph (CEO & President, Staten Island Museum), Yours Truly, Debra Feaser (Edward Jones), and Amanda Stranieri (S.I. Museum)

August 14, 2016.  Staten Island Museum
"How long did it take you to write the book?"
This question from a young boy in the audience. While the adults asked questions about Islam, Muslims, and arranged marriages, this young boy wanted to know the nuts and bolts of writing a book. Pretty impressive, won't you say!
In the auditorium of this beautiful museum, over 80 people congregated on a hot Sunday afternoon (it was cool inside) for a book reading, later munching on samosas and kebobs, courtesy of Debra Feaser, Edward Jones.
"How many times did your parents say 'no' before saying 'yes' to your marriage proposal?" asked another member.  I won't give away the answer. Come to my next book reading.

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July 15, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
Why should children be left behind! At a book reading hosted by Cordoba House in their charming living room setting, Sofia Noor and Isa get their very own copy signed by auntie Sabeeha.


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July 10 & 17, 2016.  Chautauqua Institution
At Open Mic, sponsored by the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (CLAF), a woman sitting next to me asks, 'Where are you from?' Never mind that I never got used to being asked this question, it turns out that she had traveled to Pakistan in the 1960s when she was with the Peace Corp, and had navigated her way from Karachi to Khyber Pass. Meet Keekee Minor, author of 'A Minor Odyssey'.

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July 21, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
When our fellow house guests could not get into our seminars on Islam 101, our landlady Olivia, offered to host a class in her living room. She even served drinks and refreshments. Check out the Englewood guest house. Olivia is the best host ever.

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Booksigning following the Islam 101 lecture series

Booksigning following the Islam 101 lecture series

Chautauqua Bookstore.  A neat place to hang out.

Chautauqua Bookstore.  A neat place to hang out.

July 22, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
'Shari'ah' was the topic for the day on the last of the Islam 101: Being Muslim in America Series. By the time the five day sessions had ended, we had made over a 100 friends and continue to receive emails from them. Another nice outcome: a gentleman stopped us on our walk to say, 'congratulations, your book is sold-out at the bookstore.' That is always good news for an author's debut book.

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Maureen Rovegno, Assoc. Director Religion Department, introducing Khalid and me

Maureen Rovegno, Assoc. Director Religion Department, introducing Khalid and me

July 21, 2016.  Chautauqua Institution
'Shia-Sunni divide' was our lecture for that day, the 4th in a series of Islam 101: Being Muslim in America. My father was a Shia, my mother a Sunni. What does that make me? A Sushi?
Always reserve equal time for Q&A. Its the best part. And this was such an enlightened audience with an inquisitive mind.

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July 20, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
Our husband-and-wife lecture on 'Women in Islam' , the third in the Islam 101: Being Muslim in America series, drew the longest waiting line. People started lining lining up one hour prior, elderly with walking sticks and in walkers, waited out in the scorching heat. This is Chautauqua. I am amazed at the thirst for learning. Another 60 had to be turned away. 'What can I do to help the Muslims?' a minister in the audience asked. This is what I had wanted to hear. Now we have friends. But feeling badly for all those who couldn't get in.

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July 19, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
Not wanting to be turned away, people started lining up 30 minutes prior to our lecture on Islam 101: Being Muslim in America. The organizer had to turn away 60 people. Being a victim of success means feeling really bad about all those who couldn't get a seat. Today's lecture: Family Life in Islam.

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July 18, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
Expecting about a dozen or so size audience, my husband Khalid and I walked into a packed room for our lecture, 'Islam 101: Being Muslim in America.'  Sadly, 30 people could not get in. I should not have been surprised at the turnout. THIS is the Chautauqua spirit. An intense yearning to learn. Lesson #1: The Quran.

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July 19, 2016.   Chautauqua Institution
Bring five copies of one page of poetry or prose, and enjoy reading and listening to your fellow writers.  Informal Critique Session sponsored by the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (CLAF), and moderated by the lovely Janay Cosner, a poet herself. Look out for her collection, Dancing with Breast Cancer, coming soon.

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July 14, 2016. Chautauqua Institution
Making friends is the nicest part of doing a book reading. Here at Chautauqua Institution, in the Author's Alcove sponsored by the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends (CLAF), we concluded by setting up lunch dates, a walk in the plaza dates, coffee dates - just to continue the conversation. "Are there still arranged marriages in Pakistan?" one of the gentlemen in the audience asked. Want an answer? Come to my next book reading.

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Introduction by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Introduction by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

July 6, 2016. The Corner Bookstore
For a first-time author to have standing room only at her first book reading, is what they say 'dreams are made of'. Yes, its a cliche', but its so true. That is what family and friends are for - to cheer you on, when you make your debut. Who was happier? I or The Corner Bookstore, who had a larger turn-out than expected, with bigger sales than expected, and that too on Eid day and a July 4 week? My heartfelt thanks to all who came to cheer me on my big day. 

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Memoir Panel with Prof. Sidney Offit and Daphne Merkin

Memoir Panel with Prof. Sidney Offit and Daphne Merkin

June 11, 2016.  Hunter College
The Summer Symposium at Hunter College's The Writing Center is always a treat, a great opportunity to learn and make friends. It was more so this year when I got to be a panelist on the Memoir Panel.

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With Dave Bigge, and Rev. Julia Jarvis

With Dave Bigge, and Rev. Julia Jarvis

May 15, 2016IFFP
Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington DC area (IFFP) had invited me to speak on "Being Muslim in America"  'How can we help?' is the question they kept asking me. Such a welcoming group. Makes me want to go back again. www.iffp.net Check them out.

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May 1, 2016.  Church of St. Francis Xavier
It was a beautiful rendering of an interfaith service of mercy at Church of St. Francis Xavier, New York City. Reading from the scriptures, lighting candles, and some beautiful dance performances, eliciting the spirituality of mercy. Speakers of various faiths, offered the same message, and each in a unique and moving manner and style. A beautiful playing of the Tibetan horn.
See flyer for details