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Eid Mubarak!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436! I’ve explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail – and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely summarizes: […]

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Ramadan is coming – the Muslim remembers

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

In about a week, I move from Wisconsin to Los Angeles, so I will no longer be the Sheikh in the North beyond the Wall. However, even moving to (LA) Kings’ Landing doesn’t stop Ramadan. “Oh, my sweet summer child,” […]

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Has Lindsay Lohan converted to Islam?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Short answer: probably not. Lindsay Lohan was recently spotted carrying a copy of the Qur’an as she left a children’s daycare where she’s serving her court-ordered sentence of community service. As the article at The Daily Mall helpfully points out, […]

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PROOF that Santa Claus is a Muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As we suspected all along! It’s not just Secret Santa anymore – it’s Secret Shari’a Santa. Ho, Ho, Ho… Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Madonna is studying the Qur’an

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I am surprised no one else caught this – From an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on Reddit, pop queen Madonna let this interesting tidbit drop: This seems to be a natural progression for her. Her early music was heavily influenced […]

Ramadan is coming, says the sheik in the North

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’m in sunny California, on the obligatory summer vacation with my family for the 4th of July. But there is also an air of quiet desperation to our barbecue and beach and pool exploits. If ever my House had Words, […]

The Gujarati origins of Valentine’s day: Velan-time Day

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It’s Valentine’s Day today, and also as it happens my own birthday, so I thought I’d share a classic Internet myth for both amusement and a not-so-subtle warning, which given the state of gender relations in India recently might also […]

A Muslim American meets Paul Ryan

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Last week, I met Paul Ryan at an apple farm. My conversation with him was pretty brief: I was wearing my traditional topi headcap and I have a fair amount of beard on me, so it was rather obvious that […]

Hitler wants a united Eid

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A classic video from Mr. Moo – even if we can’t agree on Eid, we can certainly agree that this is funny Eid mubarak!

President Obama’s remarks at the White House Iftaar Dinner

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

President Obama hosted the traditional Iftaar Dinner at the White House yesterday evening. Among the attendees was Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary Clinton and who was the target of vicious Islamophobic attacks by prominent Republicans such as Michele Bachmann and […]

Liam Neeson is (not) converting to Islam

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Yes, it’s true that famed Irish (and Catholic) actor Liam Neeson said the following while filming a movie in Istanbul: The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then […]

Stealth Halal Jihad Turkeys

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

My friend Wajahat Ali, who was lead author on the Center for American Progress’ “Fear Inc.” Islamophobia report, has a satirical bit out about Pamela Geller’s lunatic ravings about halal turkeys (which Charles Johnson ably mocked at LGF earlier with […]

the devil’s iftaar

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

No, not President Obama’s planned White House Iftaar! But rather, the humble samosa, a fried pastry filled with meat and/or vegetables, a staple in south Asian cooking, and as much a feature of the “default” iftaar as the date. It […]

Regarding Obama-Osama confusion…

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I think we can issue a blanket amnesty for anyone who got the two names mixed up yesterday, though FOX News probably took the cake for sheer magnitude of the error:

April Fool’s Fatwa

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

UPDATE: Yes, this was an April Fool’s post. Seeing as I’ve called Qaradawi a “moderate monster” I’m sure that my implied endorsement of his fatwa had some people worried for my sanity. Scroll down below the fatwa for more details. […]

The perfect solution for NBC, Leno, Conan and the Tonight Show

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The bottom line: Jay Leno’s prime time show isn’t working out, NBC wants to move him back to late night, but since Conan O’Brien has the contract for The Tonight Show, they want to bump him 30 min later and […]

AirTran Flight 297

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

UPDATE: Todd Petruna lied, not just about what happened on the flight, but about being ON the flight at all! This hilarious email, about what supposedly transpired on AirTran Flight 297 last month, is currently making the rounds amongst right-wing […]

“collateral shahadat” – too good, yaar

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is absolutely brilliant – As we already know, only Muslims are human beings. This is also an indisputable fact. So, when good Muslims meet non-Muslims, it is their duty to convert the latter. This way they are actually helping […]

Obama’s Cheshire Smile

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is eerie – Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile, culled from the official US State Department photo set on Flickr of Barack and Michelle Obama meeting various dignitaries and heads of state last week at the UN: I find this […]

Freej: veiled grandma superheroes

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ramadan is pan-Arab television’s holy land – a month-long sweeps, where the post-fasting masses hunger for entertainment. As a result, there is intense pressure to compete and innovate for new programming. One of the recent hits is Freej, the first […]

Paula Abdul named to Obamacare death panel

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Mike Licht breaks the news – it’s time to start singing “Cold Hearted“: Entertainer Paula Abdul has been named to the Death Panel mandated under the new U.S. Healthcare Reform bill. We have been unable to confirm either of the […]

VIDEO: Shari’a in the USA

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Behold – a shocking video exposé of impending Islamist takeover in the United States! Amerabia is nigh! Aieeeeeeee! (really, the last minute is the important part) Now, I’m tempted to mock this mercilessly as I did with the Dawah Doll, […]

muslim pseudoscience: prostration

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

It took a profound atheist like Douglas Adams to recognize and succinctly state what should be obvious to any believer: “proof denies faith“. The essence of faith is to believe, and proof essentially makes the process of belief irrelevant. Thus […]

Move over Mikael: Paris Hilton to make Islam chic

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

First Michael Jackson, now Paris Hilton? As Nicole Ritchie might say, Islam is hot. It should be noted that according to at least one pundit, Paris Hilton’s embrace of Islam might well be as revolutionary for the faith as Malcolm […]

fruitless in Wisconsin

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Sometimes, the Associated Press writers have a subtle sense of humor: Man in ape suit sought for trying to steal bananas By Associated Press May. 21, 2009 6:06 p.m. | Fond du Lac – Fond du Lac police continue a […]

Pope Benedict XVI succumbs to dhimmitude

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This image is going to blow a lot of jafi’s minds. After all, we are supposed to Fear the Scarf! And also anything crescent-shaped. Or even colored green. It’s all about Shari’a! On a more serious note, Hussein Rashid discusses […]

Michael Savage barred from the UK, plans to sue

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The UK has released a list of various unsavory persons it will bar from entry into the UK. About half are muslim extremists, there are also some skinheads… and right-wing insane radio nutcase Michael Savage. Predictably, this infuriated him, and […]

Harun Potter and the Saudi’s Stone

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

“The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting that which is unfixed, […]

Starbucks: jihadi java, the drink of dhimmis

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

FACT: All Starbucks outlets in the Middle East are operated by MH Alshaya WLL, a Kuwaiti company. FACT: Kuwait plays host to many small jihadist cells, including members of Al Qaeda from neighboring Saudi Arabia FACT: Alshaya also operates in […]

Presidential M&Ms

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This story about President Obama’s first ride aboard Air Force One buried the most important part at the very end: Also unclear is when the new M&Ms will arrive. Air Force One has long stocked boxes with the presidential seal […]

Obama Obama! hindi song

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is wonderful and weird. I think it’s wonderful because it is so weird. Perhaps we are seeing the rise of Obollywood?

The USA will elect a black man President when Hell freezes over

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’m sure that was the pessimsitic sentiment in some circles. Such naysayers were proven wrong, of course – or at least, mostly wrong: WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Portions of the frostbitten United States are feeling the coldest air so […]

Happy New Year and…Happy New Year!

This year is rare: the Islamic New Year and the Solar New Year are very close together. The first of Muharram, the Islamic New Year, was December 29. The passing of the New Year is a special time of celebration, […]

Remember the Holy Land

As the bloodshed continues in the Holy Land, and the Israeli government says that what we have seen so far is the “first stage,” I am reminded of the Prophet Muhammad’s saying: “If you see something evil, try to change […]

Child Brides in Saudi Arabia?

Usually, nothing coming out of Saudi Arabia surprises me. Yet, this story shocked me to the core. According to a report by CNN, a Saudi judge recently refused to annul the marriage of an “eight-year-old girl to a 47-year-old man.” […]

Santa is a muslim

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

equal rights for bearded women

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is hilarious: That’s very promising! Progress should be incremental. And the mullahs are always trying to encourage people to grow their beards, anyway…

Action for a Progressive Pakistan: Vigil in NYC on Saturday

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

via sepoy at Chapati Mystery: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: progpak@gmail.com / 917.922.9836 Pakistanis Hold Vigil for Mumbai VictimsCall Upon India and Pakistan to Work Towards Peace When: Saturday, December 13th, 4:00 pmWhere: Union Square NORTH (16th Street) – across the street […]

Eid ul Adha mubarak – ??? ?????

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid is by tradition a happy affair, but in India it is muted this year, in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. In addition to forgoing the slaughter of cows for the sacrifice (out of respect for the sentiments of […]

The Simpsons meet the muslims

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

First there was Omar Shamsoon – now, The Simpsons have an episode that introduces a muslim family from Jordan – you can watch it for free online: I confess to being a bit disappointed, though. The satire felt forced; it […]

Queen Rania of Jordan’s Top Ten list

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Queen Rania of Jordan is just the coolest head of state ever. She was nominated for a YouTube Visionary Award, so she spoofed David Letterman to accept, poke a little fun at herself, and promote her ongoing message of cultural […]

First debate: yawn

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There were really only two audiences for this debate – the people who know they are voting for McCain or Obama, and the people who haven’t decided yet. The former are essentially totally unmovable in their opinion, however much they […]

a couch potato Ramadan

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The lighter side of Ramadan in the Arab world – soap operas: Ramadan translates into big bucks for Arab satellite channels. Millions of dollars are spent on special programming, much of it comparable to Western soap operas, to entertain the […]

let’s not do lunch

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I linked this yesterday but it’s so awesome I just have to mention it again – hilarious Ramadan e-cards: There’s more, but that one’s my favorite. (via TalkIslam)

in the name of Allah, most beneficient, most merciful

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

let’s begin. I am grateful to Beliefnet for this opportunity to host my blog, City of Brass, under their umbrella and I am looking forward to this partnership. I hope to use this platform not only for my nattering punditry, […]

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Eid Mubarak!
By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436! I've explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail - and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely ...

posted 7:53:00am Jul. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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