My picks for the Brass Crescent

With customary apologies and compliments to runners up, here here are my picks. BEST BLOG:  Musings on the Britannic Crescent (Yahya Birt) MOST DESERVING OF WIDER RECOGNITION: Rolled-Up Trousers (Osama Saeed) BEST DESIGN: Deenport BEST FEMALE BLOG: Muslimah Media Watch (Zeynab Sarbaazi) BEST GROUP BLOG: 'Aqoul BEST MIDEAST/CENTRAL ASIAN BLOG: Nzhinga's Soap Box BEST SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIAN BLOG: The Other Malaysia (Farish Noor) BEST NON-MUSLIM BLOG: Unclaimed Territory (Glenn Greenwald) … [Read more...]

4th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

It's time for the 4th annual Brass Crescent awards.  Time to vote for your favorite (or least disliked, as the case may be) Islamic blogs. The Brass Crescent Awards - Honoring the Best of the Muslim Blogosphere The Brass Crescent Awards, a joint project of altmuslim and City of Brass, is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners. What are … [Read more...]

The Greater Jihad

Please keep your sister Baraka in your prayers. … [Read more...]

Halal fishing methods and the environment

Speaking of Islam and the environment, here's an example of progressive religious leadership at the grassroots in Africa.African fishermen find way of conservation in the Koran | For years, Salim Haji was told by government officials and international groups that his methods of fishing were destroying the coral and weren't sustainable. But few fishermen on this small island off Tanzania's coast paid much heed. Then, the local imam told him that using dragnets to fish and spears to … [Read more...]

Reluctant “Eid Mubarak” and looking for info on Eid in Atlanta

A reluctant (but very warm and sincere) Eid mubarak. Reluctant because I'm finding myself forced to drop everything and celebrate today because the Saudi mafia has convinced all the mosques in my region to ignore the duly considered verdict of the two largest North American Islamic organizations and celebrate on Friday instead of Saturday.  I get sooo tired of this annual rite of confusion, but more on that later.  (Those not in the know, see this article for a hint at the mayhem that … [Read more...]

Forget Pig Latin…try Cockney rhyming slang

Call me chicken oriental, but this septic wants to speak in Cockney rhyming slang. It makes even French's lively verlan seem staid and conventional.    As Ramadan's end approaches, I'm eagerly anticipating my visit to the riff raff to sit on me khyber for a while with good  non-academic captain and a huge, peasy  everton. Utterly lost? To be fair, I don't think rhyming slang generally appears in compound usages like this. Here's a glossary. Makes me mum and dad we don't have … [Read more...]

Those were the days

From Willard Oxtoby's World Religions: Western Traditions, page 228:Because of the political implications, the population was intensely interested in theological issues. In the new capital, Constantinople, the fourth-century climate was portrayed by one bishop as follows:In this city you ask anyone for change, he will discuss with you whether God the Son is begotten or unbegotten. If you ask whether the bread is any good, you will receive the answer that 'God the Father is greater, God the Son … [Read more...]

Ramadan and Rosh Hoshannah greetings

Ramzan mubarak to the Saracens out there, and a belated L'shana tova to fellow Semites on the occasion of Rosh Hoshannah. Yes, "Ramzan". That's how we desis (and confused goras) roll. … [Read more...]