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Bio

Aziz Poonawalla is a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. City of Brass is his weblog, which was founded in 2002 under the name UNMEDIA. He is a co-founder of the annual Brass Crescent Awards.

The name City of Brass refers to the Story of the City of Brass in the
Thousand and One Nights, and the poem by Rudyard Kipling of the same
name:

Here was a people whom, after their works, thou shalt see wept over for their lost dominion;
And in this palace is the last information respecting lords collected in the dust.
-- Thousand and One Nights, Story of the City of Brass


IN A land that the sand overlays, the ways to her gates are untrod,
A multitude ended their days whose fates were made splendid by God,
Till they grew drunk and were smitten with madness and went to their fall,
And of these is a story written: but Allah Alone knoweth all!
-- Rudyard Kipling, The City of Brass (1909)

June 12th, 2017 – 18th Ramadan 1438; Los Angeles, CA

June 4th, 2017 – 10th Ramadan 1438; Los Angeles, CA

June 6th, 2017 – 7th Ramadan 1438; Los Angeles, CA

i which i tweet the entirety of the @StateDept Ramadan message, located here: https://t.co/5uEXrzllVt /1 — Aziz H.Poonawalla (@azizhp) May 30, 2017 @StateDept On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the […]

Hadith of the Prophet SAW When you become angry, desist from speaking ill. Shall I not inform you of two things which require little effort, yet provide great reward? From among the deeds with which one meets Allah Ta’ala there […]

President Obama’s Ramadan greetings were drafted by Muslims in his administration, so they are not perhaps as useful for comparison to President Trump. So instead, without much comment, I am reproducing President George W. Bush’s first Ramadan greeting, issued just […]

As of 7:57 PM on 5/25/2017, by the Fatimi Hijri Calendar – it is sunset on 29th Shaban 1437, so therefore Ramadan has begun. Mubarak! Alhamdulillah, It’s Ramadan! (Audio by Shahed Amanullah)

Ramadan is nigh! The first fast is upon us – the one act of piety most associated with Ramadan. The spiritual and spiritual benefits of fasting get the most attention, but there is a third aspect that isn’t discussed as […]

My friend Haroon writes, in despair: I think there is a Muslim world, there is meant to be an ummah, and that means we belong to each other. Not politically, but in a deeper, more profound sense. Which means we […]

As Ramadan approaches, I think the pull of the mosque becomes stronger. This is natural and expected and hardly evidence of any kind of hypocrisy on our part, as Muslims – we are human, and the entire point of Ramadan […]