City of Brass

City of Brass


Ramadan endgame

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s just a week left in Ramadan. In reading my earlier posts, I realize I give an impression that Ramadan is like a vacation from the real world, but of course it isn’t – the additional demands of prayer, Qur’an, fasting, etc are all layered on top of our usual weekday and workday routines. Ideally we would simply swap out the time we make for ourselves for entertainment and indulgence with acts of piety instead, but in practice the time for the latter is more than than provided by omitting the former. In a nutshell, our ambitions exceed our capability. This is partly due to ambition (aiming high) but also due to inefficiency and fatigue. I’ve no doubt that if I were not fasting, I’d be able to read a lot more Qur’an. The challenge then, is why don’t I do exactly that after Ramadan ends? The goal should be to take the habits we are cultivating during Ramadan and apply them the rest of the year. I am resolved to try, and am aware of my failure in this regard in past years.

The real world, meanwhile, continues on. Libya is on the verge of freedom, and the middle east as a whole is still undergoing massive-scale change and challenges. American politics grinds on with more obstruction and ambivalence towards the actual problems faced by the middle and under class. Europe’s economy is on the brink, the environment everywhere is a mess, global warming continues, and the US is no longer a space-faring nation. There’s a relief in having the refuge of Ramadan to retreat to, something else to focus on that isn’t so grounded in the here and now but focused on something greater.

Still, the courageous people of Libya and Syria in particular deserve our dua as their Ramadan has been anything but a refuge. I earlier called Ramadan the month of Jihad; that has a literal reality for the people who are trying to build for themselves what we here take for granted. That should be all the more reason we redouble our efforts to make the most of Ramadan in what little time remains.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    We are still a space-fareing nation, and we have expansive plans for getting beyond low earth orbit. But after the Republicans’ toll on our treasury (cut taxes, largely on the wealthy, unbudgeted wars (one incredibly expensive and based on lies) and the failures of under-regulated financial institutions we just can’t afford everything. It really is time for private enterprise to handle some things and it seems quite willing to do so.

    And let’s hope the people of Palestine get relief from their opresssor.

Previous Posts

Vote now in the (delayed slightly) Brass Crescent Awards!
Voting in this year's Brass Crescent Awards is now underway, after a few months' delay. Here's the explanation from the official site: We would like to sincerely apologize for the delay in this year's voting. The reason for the delay was that we did not have sufficient blogsphere nominations as w

posted 10:30:42pm Dec. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Midamar halal beef - charged with fraud
This is disturbing news - the company Midamar, well known for its halal meat products, has been charged with fraud for falsely advertising its beef as halal to Muslims: The indictment said the companies told customers its cattle were slaughtered by hand by specially trained Muslim slaughtermen w

posted 10:45:40pm Dec. 15, 2014 | read full post »

men should accept blame; women should assert agency
The following rant was posted on Facebook by a friend of mine, and I have her permission to reproduce it in its entirety. Systems of patriarchy are sometimes so entrenched, we just accept them as part of normal daily interactions. Popular discourse often maintains that it's men who do such and s

posted 10:56:12pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

My first day of wearing rida to school
Zainab Jamali is a teenaged Muslim American girl in Los Angeles. As a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community, she recently took her misaq (an oath marking the symbolic pas

posted 10:08:13am Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Muslims en masse for Modi at Madison Square
Newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to a huge crowd of Indian expats in New York City on Monday night, outlining his vision of India's future and mak

posted 4:29:29pm Oct. 01, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.