Why I Plan to Vote for President Obama Again…as an American Muslim

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There have been a lot of discussions going on lately online among Americans, including American Muslims on whether to vote in this year's presidential elections.  Many people, especially Muslims feel that President Obama has disappointed them, thus they will not vote to help re-elect him for a second term. Still others believe that it is no use for us to vote because either party will not help us American Muslims out and a few people also think that it is Haram (unlawful in Islam) to even vote … [Read more...]

Before You Blame Obama for the Problems in the Middle East – Read this Book!

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Recently I read Fawaz A. Gerges’ latest book, “Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?” (2012). Gerges is a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.  I must admit, that I was skeptical at first, and did not think there would be anything new, but after reading it, I was shocked to learn some of the insights on US foreign policy over the past almost 70 years since World War II. Gerges, who also serves as the … [Read more...]

“The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?” – A Book Review

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Islam and Muslims have been in the news often over the past 11 years. Ever since the tragic  events of Sept. 11th, 2001, the US Media has been fascinated to know what the Qur’an – the holy scriptures of Islam, actually teaches and instructs it’s followers to do. Many Muslims, as well as Non-Muslims, unfairly take quotes from the Qur’an out of context and use them to justify acts of violence, ill treatment of people of other faiths, and oppression of women in Muslim countries. Moreover, … [Read more...]

EID Day Recipes – Enjoy!

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Here are some good recipes for EID day. These came from Cooking Fanatic Nyela G. in Mississauga, Canada.  She can be reached via email at maplemasala16@gmail.com Sheer Korma ("Milk with Dates" in Urdu - it is a popular sweet dish eaten on the Morning of Eid) Ingredients: 5 cups milk 1/2 packet vermicelli noodles 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup blanched almonds 1/2 cup pistachios 4 small cardamom pods 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup oil Directions: In a pot, boil milk. Add sugar and … [Read more...]

An American Ramadan, Circa 1955

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Does the first experience of Ramadan begin the same for everyone? It all depends on the time and where this all takes place. Consider the time to be during the year 1955 or early 1956, and the place was Oakland when I experienced my first month of fasting. I don’t remember for sure just what time of year it was since time has elapsed. The ordinary calendars said nothing about when Ramadan should begin. There was very little printed literature available, except what I received in the mail … [Read more...]

Summer Ramadan Recipes

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Here are some good recipes for helping to recover from those long summer day fasts this Ramadan. These came from Cooking Fanatic Nyela G. in Mississauga, Canada.  She can be reached via email at maplemasala16@gmail.com Suhoor (Pre-Dawn Meal): Figs with yogurt Ingredients ·        1 cup full-fat yogurt ·        1 orange ·        1/2 cup of water ·        2 cinnamon sticks ·        5 whole cloves ·        1/2 teaspoon aniseed ·   … [Read more...]


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