“Hitting the Suhoor Wall….”: Muslimah In Progress

Thanks to "Muslimah in Progress"Bismillahi Rahmani RahimSalaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.Halfway through Ramadan.  The alarm clock went off on time.  Bleary-eyed, I stumble to the kitchen to make suhoor, the morning meal that is supposed to sustain us throughout the day of fasting.  I stand there in front of the refrigerator, staring at the contents, contemplating what to make.  I start rummaging through yogurt containers, none of which actually contain yogurt.  Hmm... cucumber salad, … [Read more...]

Seeking Perfection: Wajahat Ali

8-15I am hoping one day Muslim Americans can forgive themselves for simply being human.We Muslims sure like to pretend we are perfect. At the very least, we love promoting the myth.We preach it in our sermons, via our social propaganda to our non-Muslim neighbors, as talking points to the local and national press, and we even peddle it to our fellow community members at over-priced weddings in cramped banquet halls.Everyone smiles, shows off their White teeth, engages in the … [Read more...]

Dennis Rodman Emotional Hall of Fame Speech

This might seem like an odd entry for our "Spiritual Appetite" blog but I believe it fits in perfectly with the Ramadan theme of introspection, reflection and resolve. Here, the always colorful, flamboyant, volatile, retired NBA player Dennis Rodman wears his heart, his pain and his regrets on his sleeve with a 12 min, emotional Hall of Fame Speech.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQQu-JWzBug … [Read more...]

A Christian Reflection on Ramadan: Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite

A good day for a Christian to reflect on RamadanRev. Susan Thistlethwaite, An ordained minister of the United Church of ChristThis is turning out to be a good day, even a good month to reflect on Ramadan for me as a Christian.  In addition to being a month of fasting from dawn until dusk, Ramadan is also a time when Muslims are to turn their attention from worldly affairs to improvement of themselves, deepening their spiritual lives and seeking enlightenment. The stock market has f … [Read more...]

“Ramadan Unplugged”: Baraka

Ramadan posts by Baraka (Rickshaw Diaries – www.rickshawdiaries.wordpress.com)Taking the N-Judah train through San Francisco on Monday morning, every coffee shop we rumbled past had lines out the door; people waiting groggily for a cup of our second biggest import to jump-start their day.It’s freeing not to think about sustenance. Don’t get me wrong - I love food: as soon as one meal finishes I start thinking about the next; and if I step out the door for even a brief errand I bring a … [Read more...]

“The Joy of Fasting”: A Ramadan Poem by Baraka

Ramadan posts by Baraka(Rickshaw Diaries – www.rickshawdiaries.wordpress.com)The Joy of Fasting“Ramadan has come to live with us. It is God’s private apartments moved into our house and taking over.Where the doors were are now entranceways into His Garden. Where windows were are continuous waterfalls. Abundance in thedryness. Hidden in the dust: clusters of roses. Sprung from our footsteps: ascents.”- Excerpt from “Ramadan House Guest” by Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moor … [Read more...]

A Mosque Story: Wajahat Ali

 8-8-11If Mosques are indeed Allah’s house on Earth, then many times it feels like the landowner has abandoned the premises and rambunctious squatters have claimed title through adverse possession.Fortified Cultural Cocoons Controlled by Ibn Tony MontanaVisiting most mosques in America was always like entering a fortified, cultural cocoon controlled by middle-aged or elderly men who hung to power with an iron-clad desperation similar to dictators of countries they had l … [Read more...]