Mutant Bread and Exploding Oatmeal: Holiday Foods Gone Wild

My dad and me, many years ago.  Bread making starts early in the Riley household.

When people talk about Ramadan and Eid traditions, food is one of the most recurring topics.  Usually this comes up in nostalgic stories about childhood favourites, or about delicious iftar memories.But, well, those aren’t the only reasons that holiday foods might be remembered.  Sometimes the reasons for the memories are a little more, shall we say, disastrous.  Or, at the very least, unexpected.This year's Ramadan started off with a delicious and beautiful suhoor spread prepared by … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak!

Muslim women in Indonesia at Eid-ul-Adha prayers last year. AP Photo, via the Huffington Post.

All of us at Muslimah Media Watch send our best wishes to all of our readers this Eid-ul-adha (whichever day/s you are celebrating it!)  Have a happy and blessed holiday! … [Read more...]

Eid in Four Countries

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As one final addition to our Ramadan 2013 posts, we wanted to share a series of reflections on how Eid was spent among some of our writers. Writing, respectively, from South Africa, Pakistan, Canada, and Kuwait, MMW bloggers Safiyyah, Merium, Shireen, and wood turtle bring us their experiences of food, gender issues, politics, and celebration.Safiyyah (South Africa)In South Africa this year, 'Eid day coincided with our national holiday, "Women's Day" on 9 August. Women's Day in South … [Read more...]

And Just Maybe, It’s Eid

Writing this as Eid approaches, I'm reminded of all the different ways people might experience this occasion.  This post is my way of showcasing such varying experiences.  Each short story below is told from the point of view of a member of a household.  I hope you enjoy them. Eid Mubarak!Heels.  For Tanzi, Eid is all about a pair of strappy, silver heels.  They sit nestled in the corner of Baji's almari, covered in a layer of forgotten dust.  There's a tear to one of the straps and the heel … [Read more...]

9 Things That Make Ramadan Memories Special to Me

Suhur at the open yard of Sultan Eyup Mosque.

Ramadan is here! And although its true essence is all about our pursuit of spiritual elevation, we – Muslims – celebrate it in every way possible. Thus, special memories about Ramadan are engraved in our hearts, and I would like to share some of mine here.1. I was born in Ramadan: When I was a little kid, I thought this makes me special. Ramadan is a holy month and I always believed that anyone born in this month is holy or maybe a wali (saint)! This was my childhood wishful thinking, for I’m … [Read more...]

MMW Eid Roundtable: Part 2

The colourful prayer space at the Eid prayer hosted by el-Tawhid Juma Circle in Toronto.

As you know, last Friday was Eid-ul-Adha, a major holiday for Muslims around the world.  Having enjoyed sharing our Ramadan experiences with our readers earlier this year, the MMW team wanted to briefly share some experiences and reflections on this Eid, focusing especially on the role of gender in how Eid is experienced in our respective communities.  In this second segment, Eren, wood turtle, Krista and Azra reflect on Eid prayers and holiday traditions in North America. (Update: You can read p … [Read more...]

MMW Eid Roundtable: Part 1

As you know, last Friday was Eid-ul-Adha, a major holiday for Muslims around the world.  Having enjoyed sharing our Ramadan experiences with our readers earlier this year, the MMW team wanted to briefly share some experiences and reflections on this Eid, focusing especially on the role of gender in how Eid is experienced in our respective communities.  In this first segment, Anike and Izzie both reflect on the role of women in cooking and preparing food for the Eid celebrations, and on how this a … [Read more...]


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