Linksies 11/15/2012

Longtime readers of Hindtrospectives are familiar with my “Linksies” posts. Twice a week I offer a round-up of  articles, videos and podcasts on political news and analysis, religion, race, culture and the media. I have a special focus on religious diversity in the United States and Western Europe, but feature news and analysis from around [Read More...]

On sacrifice and getting out the red, blue and green votes

I’ve voted in every election I could since I was 18, but I’m not voting tomorrow, Election Day 2012. That’s because I already cast my ballot this weekend because I am serving as an election judge for the first time. Many of my friends and family have also cast early ballots. Some of them are [Read More...]

A community in Ramadan, a family for Eid

Last Sunday, an estimated 15,000-20,000 people piled into Toyota Park, the home of our local MLS soccer team, to celebrate Eid, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In the wake of recent attacks against Muslims in the waning days of the month in the US (8 attacks in 11 [Read More...]

Linksies 8/7/12

In These United States Hate crimes always have a logic Army veteran identified as WI shooter Joplin mosque razed in second fire Under attack as Muslims in the US Romney and the GOP’s” Muslim strategy” Faith, civic engagement and 2012 elections Muslim leaders and the politics of compromise Department of Homeland Security and far right [Read More...]

Linksies 7/30/12

In These United States Bachmann’s blatant Muslim fear-mongering Orwellian word of the day: pre-violent Half of Americans don’t know Obama’s religion “Bachmann Affair” against Abedin is a wake-up call How a 911 caller outed NYPD Muslim surveillance A Muslim Republican in Texas with national ambitions Claims of Muslim Brotherhood ties unfounded Center for Security Policy’s [Read More...]

Hey I just came here to pray and this is crazy, but is there space for me?

I’d like to share with you a story from the reign of Umar, the second Caliph of Islam (may God be pleased with him) which carries powerful lessons today. One of the wives of Umar bin Al-Khattab used to offer the Fajr and the Isha prayers in congregation in the Mosque. She was asked why [Read More...]

Linksies 7/24/12

In these United States Bachmann vs. Abedin Ellison refutes infiltration claims McCain comes to Abedin’s defense GOP’s anti-Muslim culture of conspiracy A Muslim community tarred again Justice Department files suit to allow mosque to open Bachmann, Bacon and the Muslim witch hunt Across the Atlantic Breivik says he was a “nice person” This is how [Read More...]

Ramadansies 7/20/12

Narratives Ramadan FAQ How Muslims around the world celebrate Film shows women emerging in Islam How to compete in the Olympics in Ramadan Things get sticky before Ramadan What’s halal to you is kosher with me   Staying Healthy Ramadan cheat sheet 10 hydrating foods How not to gain weight in Ramadan What happens to [Read More...]

Welcoming Ramadan

The Muslim day begins at night. Following a lunar calendar means that we welcome the new day when the sun sets. This year Ramadan, for those who follow calculations, will begin after sunset on Thursday July 19. I plan to welcome the holy month that night by attending Taraweeh, the nightly communal prayers that most [Read More...]

Linksies 7/17/12

In These United States America’s shadow wars in Africa Bachmann’s Muslim witch hunt Muslims boycott NYPD Ramadan event Hope runs high for Libyan American voters Why are American Muslims critical of CAIR? Mosque aims to keep Somali youth off the streets Across the Atlantic For Muslims, read Jews. And be shocked. Oslo: Hostility rises against [Read More...]