I’m not the only one blogging during Ramadan – my friend and muslim media polymath Wajahat Ali is doing a series called Spiritual Appetite for Patheos.com which will definitely be worth bookmarking. His first post, A Ramadan State of Mind, makes a great point which will hopefully keep me honest in my own Ramadan writing:
Your usual “Ramadan” blog posts give you a quick Wikipedia facts update on how this is the 9th month in the Islamic lunar calendar in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Upon sighting the new moon, Muslim communities worldwide become spiritually charged avatars of ascetic awesomeness immersed in reflection, forgiveness,prayer, reconciliation and generosity.
1.5 billion Muslims magically transform overnight and jettison their messy, imperfect, human emotional baggage, because that’s the miraculous power of Ramadan and being Muslim!
We become Yodas with kufis and Splinters in thobes. We are Mr. Miyagis and Morgan Freemans dispensing calm, sage advice and composing ourselves elegantly like a stereotypical ascetic monk only seen in Hollywood movies as quiet Asian men in robes.
This, my friends, is not reality.
Read the rest at Patheos.com, especially if you are curious about what Wajahat calls “Optimus Prime Muslims” I’ll be linking to Wajahat’s pieces from here routinely as well.
In the micro-blogging department, don’t forget about Tweeting the Qur’an! Just follow the hashtags #TTQ #Quran to be continually inspired.
There are recurring series, as well. For example, Tariq Ramadan is again posting daily audio commentary, The Ramadan Chronicles, on his eponymous blog. And Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq are on the road again, in 30 Mosques in 30 States in 30 Days part 2 – including twenty states they missed last time, including Hawai’i and Alaska.
Here’s my own Ramadan blogging over the years. Also, a few years ago, my friend Shahed Amanullah did a series for Beliefnet.com called Hungry for Ramadan. Finally, there is ongoing Ramadan-related blogging and links at Talk Islam. There’s certainly no shortage of Ramadan bloggery this year, but remember to make some time to read the Qur’an, too