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Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan is just about here and I am beginning to feel it in the air.  I have my list all ready for my Ramadan grocery shopping, I’m putting away the remote control and the Cd’s and trying not to pay attention to the yearly battle between those who sight the moon and those who don’t. 

Personally I go with those who sight.  It has always made more sense to me considering we follow a lunar calendar, but anyways…. I also have sentimental reasons for wanting to sight the moon.  When I was a child in Montreal, my Dad and the other brothers from the mosque used to go out to Mount Royal and climb the mountain to see if they could sight the hillal.  My Mom, my brothers and I would all stay up late and wait excitedly for them to return.  In those days there was no internet and no cell phones  (I’m dating myself, I know) so we would have to wait until they walked in the door for any news. 

My Dad would walk in with a big smile on his face and shout “Ramadan Mubarak!”, if the moon had been sighted.  After that everyone would set out calling their friends to spread the good news that Ramadan had arrived.  So for me, waiting for people to call and say that the hillal has been sighted signifies the beginning of Ramadan.  The hillal is a beautiful symbol, a divine gift that has been given to us…every child should be taught how to sight it and to keep the Islamic traditions alive so that we can stave off the day when people will say “my grandmother used to go look for the moon or something like that, but that’s so old-fashioned these days”.

Regardless of which camp you follow the most important thing is for us to gain the most we can from this month of months.  We have all been blessed with another month of fasting and ibadah, and for that we should be most grateful.

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf has also written a beautiful and thought provoking piece on the whole debate.  Please take the time to read it and reflect on it.  It is called  Cesarean Moon Births.

Ramadan Mubarak to everyone! 

May all our dua’s be accepted and may Allah shower us during this blessed month with His mercy and forgiveness.

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Funny or No ?

Okay seriously, I don’t know if I should find this funny or not….I mean I laughed when I saw it, then I stopped and was like “that’s so not funny about the kiddie swords”, but then I laughed again…so now I’m confused.  Am I a traitor to my peeps?  Or do I just have a well developed sense of humour?  Why is Kate Moss in Blackface not funny and this is?  So many questions and all I can do is giggle over Fatwa Fridays.  I hope no one is going to riot over this and start burning effigies of cars.

U.S. car dealership stands by its ‘jihad’ ad

Updated Sat. Sep. 23 2006 4:16 PM ET

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A car dealership’s tongue-in-cheek radio advertisement declaring “a jihad on the automotive market,” will not be changed, the company said, despite drawing sharp criticism that the ad’s content is offensive to Muslims.

Several stations rejected the spot from Dennis Mitsubishi, which boasts that sales representatives wearing “burqas” — the head-to-toe traditional dress for some Islamic women — will sell vehicles that can “comfortably seat 12 jihadists in the back.”

Jihad is a holy war waged by Muslims in defence of Islam.

“We firmly believe the ad does not in any way disrespect any religion or culture, but we feel, I guess, that maybe poking a little fun at radical extremists is fair game,” dealership president Keith Dennis said on Saturday. “It was our intention to craft something around some of the buzzwords of the day and give everyone a good chuckle and be a little bit of a tension reliever.”

While Dennis defended the ad as a harmless attempt to bring levity to a serious situation, the Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called it disrespectful.

“Using that as a promotional pitch when so many are dying from the criminal activity of suicide bombers, that’s not funny,” chapter president Asma Mobin-Uddin said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate when it causes real pain. It exploits or promotes misunderstanding in terms already misunderstood or misused.”

In the ad, Dennis talks about “launching a jihad on the automotive market.”

“Our prices are lower than the evil-doers’ every day. Just ask the Pope!” the ad says. “Friday is fatwa Friday, with free rubber swords for the kiddies.”

A fatwa is a religious edict.

Some radio stations are balking at the dealership’s attempt to poke fun at extremists.

“With no disrespect to their creativity or their desire to build business, everything we’re about is promoting the values of diversity. To air things of that sort would go against our mission statement,” said Jeff Wilson, general manager of three Radio One stations in Columbus.

The dealership claims nothing in the ad is intended to promote a negative stereotype of Islam. A group that previewed the ad didn’t raise any objections, although no one from the group was Muslim, Dennis said.

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Comment on the Papal Debacle

Why I love Tariq Ramadan is the way he extracts reason from unreasonably chaotic events.  He is always clearly and concisely on the side of rational thinking, self-reflection and true Islamic values.  He is a true asset to our ummah and anyone who has ever head him speak cannot doubt the love he has for Islam and each and every one of us.  As well, anyone who has read his books cannot for a minute doubt the incredible amount of effort and true deep thinking that has lead him to his conclusions.

The Pope and Islam: The True Debate , By Tariq Ramadan 

A few words spoken by Pope Benedict XVI were sufficient to touch off a firestorm of impassioned reaction.  Throughout the Muslim world, religious leaders, presidents, politicians and intellectuals joined their vices to protesting masses angered by a perceived “insult” to their faith.  Most did not read the Pope’s speech; others had relied on a sketchy summary according to which the Pope had linked Islam and violence.  But all railed against what they saw as an “intolerable offense.” Read More…

 

 

 

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What the Hell?

kate

Kate Moss does Blackface….and I’m speechless.  At least when Gwyneth Paltrow warbled that she was ‘African’ she didn’t paint her face.

See Feministe for all the comments…

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Fall happenings

School is back and I finally found a thesis supervisor. This year is going to be so busy ~ I’m taking four courses, my thesis and working full time.  I’m not going to kill myself though.  If I find that it’s too much I’ll drop a course.  I’m also stretching out the thesis so I have to finish by August instead of by the end of the school year.  That means of course that I can’t apply for grad school next year.  It’s disappointing but I can use the extra months to save some money I guess. 

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So Yus had his walima on the weekend  in St.Catherines.  It was really nice, I had a good time watching the little wedding rituals done in the Sudanese culture.  They reminded me so much of Indo/Pak weddings.  I have to find out if there is any link between the two cultures.  Some of the things they were doing on the weekend were so like rituals I’ve seen at mehndis.

I would post some pics of the bride and my brother but my new sister in law would kill me.  You’ll have to content yourselves with pics of Niagra Falls and some people-less pics from the wedding.

 dscf0397.JPG  Rainbow over Niagra Falls.  It was so beautiful watching the neverending cascade of water.  I could have stayed there for hours.

dscf0396.JPG The top of the Falls right before the water pours over the edge.

dscf0327.JPG Wedding favours ~ the brown one was for married women and the other was for the single chicks.  I grabbed both to confuse the aunties…

dscf0294.JPG  Part of the ritual package.  A lot of red (no one seemed to know why), incense, turmeric, saffron, candles, milk, and lots of wooden beads. There was also some red string they tied around the wrists of the bride and groom.

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Hmmm…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060905/ap_on_re_eu/britain_islamic_gown

Britain is such an interesting place- so do they like Muslims or not?  I can’t get a handle on it! 

I cannot imagine this happening down here…but then would people here ask for it?

It’s a lot of green, no?

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