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The Fourth and the First

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This evening, just prior to sunrise, members of my mosque in Los Angeles gathered round to raise the flag of the United States of America. Due to fortuitous timing, just as the flag was unfurled, a squadron of planes flew […]

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the State of the Ummah, 2014/1436

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I tuned into President Obama’s 2014 SOTU for a while last week – mainly because my daughter was tasked to watch 15min minimum for school, a limit to which she adhered to precisely – and was struck by how futile […]

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je ne suis pas Charlie #IamNotCharlie

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I fully support the right, and I also deeply appreciate the sentiment, of the cartoonist Luz, who is one of the survivors of the despicable attack on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was attacked by Al Qaeda […]

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Saudis propose to relocate the Prophet’s (saw) tomb from Masjid al-Nabawi

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The above photo of the Mecca clock tower, or as I like to call it, “Big Bin”, was during my hajj a few years ago. It is part of my general observations of the “Meccahattan”-ization of the holiest place in […]

Valentine’s Day and Islam – the virtues of mohabbat (love)

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Happy Valentine’s Day! I am biased towards appreciating Valentine’s Day not just for it’s Gujarati origins but also because it’s my birthday. However, not all Muslims share my appreciation. Here’s a typical example: In its official Friday sermon text distributed […]

a quote for Eid ul Fitr (Nelson Mandela)

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The season of Eid is upon us, and I’d like to share this quote from Nelson Mandela that came my way early this morning: “There is nothing like returning to a place unchanged to find the ways you yourself have […]

on the dangers of male theorizing about hijab

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

“The truth is that the traditional image of the veiled Muslim woman as sheltered and docile sexual property of her husband is just as misleading and simpleminded as the postmodernist image of the veil as the emblem of female freedom […]

Statement and Twitter Campaign regarding violence against #USEmbassies in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

American Muslims stand by President Barack Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton in strongly condemning the attacks on the US Embassies in Libya, Egypt and Yemen, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. At this time, American […]

an Imperial Eid

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid al Fitr Mubarak! The Empire State Building in New York City is lit green in honor of Eid from August 16-19th, as they traditionally do every year: The most beautiful building in the world, in the greatest city in […]

Enchanting crescent moon photo with Jupiter system conjunction

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is a gorgeous photo of a conjunction of the crescent moon with the Jovian system. It’s from NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD). Everything in this photo, including the clouds, is brilliant solely due to reflected light from […]

A Thousand and One Bytes: Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Allow me to admit upfront that author G. Willow Wilson is a dear friend, and so perhaps you may assume that my review of her astounding novel Alif the Unseen is biased. Instead, however, you should assume that I am […]

Action Alert – Follow Friday #ThankYou Campaign on Twitter for NYPD Lawsuit

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Wednesday, Muslim Advocates launched Hassan v. The City of New York, a lawsuit seeking to prove that the New York City Police Department’s surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey is unconstitutional. Several lawmakers have also petitioned the Department of Justice […]

Good Grief

posted by ajamali

Note:  I continue to fill in for Aziz Poonawalla on this site for the next couple of weeks.  For those who are interested, these posts will also be available on my own blog Notes from The Heartas well. Recently, I […]

Harvest moon rising

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The first full moon of September is known as the Harvest moon – it’s a gorgeous, ethereal beacon in the sky. There’s a serenity about the full Harvest moon that captivates the eye and the mind. For months, we’ve watched […]

Let’s dedicate this Valentine’s Day to fighting domestic violence

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I think it fitting that as Valentine’s Day approaches, we should pause to remember that as we celebrate love, we should also act to preserve and protect it from darker impulses. For far too many women, just being alone of […]

the view from Cuffe Parade

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is the view from an apartment of friends of ours who live in Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. The view is west, over the Arabian Sea (see the map). CP and Colaba and other areas at the very tip of Mumbai […]

a satirical rickshaw

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The sign on the back of the foremost rickshaw was harsh indeed. I’ve been forced to walk most of the time because the surplus of Bohra pilgrims to Ashara has made it a suppliers’ market, as far as transportation goes. […]

Echoes of the Raj

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The architecture of Mumbai is chaos incarnate, with slums and skyscrapers alongside. But there are also magnificent examples of British-era style that stand out and remind the observer of a different time, when a city named Bombay was the center […]

breakfast in Mumbai

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Mumbai is a foodie’s delight – and I’ve definitely been making the most of it. Every morning at the hotel we have a buffet breakfast which includes fresh made staples such as the idli-sambar and masala dosa pictured above. I […]

Raudat Tahera at night

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is the mausoleum of the late 51st Dai ul Mutlaq, Syedna Taher Saifuddin AQ, and the focal point of Bhindi Bazaar, Mumbai. Upon the four interior walls is inscribed the entirety of the Holy Qur’an, in gold. The entire […]

Welcome to Marol!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The many vendors in the Marol area were quite excited that over 150,000 Bohras had converged on the area, with plenty of thirst to satisfy. And money to spend. (see more of my photos here – will be adding many […]

Saifee Masjid, Marol (Mumbai)

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Saifee Masjid, the venue for Ashara 1431 in Marol, Mumbai. The Marol Jamaat has a brief history   of the Saifee Park area on their website. (see more of my photos here – will be adding many more)

thoughts and prayers for the Hassaballa family

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Hesham Hassaballa, who writes for Beliefnet and was a guest author here on City of Brass, has suffered a tremendous personal tragedy: June 7 will forever be burned in my memory. June 7 became my personal 9/11. I played the […]

Wajahat Ali, the domestic crusader

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I am extremely happy to announce that my friend Wajahat Ali will be honored later this month as a rising muslim artist by the Muslim Public Affairs Council for his landmark play, The Domestic Crusaders. Here’s the press release by […]

Coit Tower

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The view from inside the observation deck of the Coit Tower, in downtown San Francisco. I am struck by how similar the tower’s design is to the minaret of a mosque.

departing SFO

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

View of San Francisco from the south, during takeoff from SFO airport.

Sea Lions

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Sea lions lounging at Pier 39 in San Francisco.

fried twinkie

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I confess that I was defeated by this monstrosity, encountered at the Santa Cruz boardwalk in San Francisco.

and the light shineth in the darkness

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Andin their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the Lawthat had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidanceand light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: aguidance and an admonition […]

Regarding free speech

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I’ve written a statement about my support for free speech, for reference. I will update it over time but I welcome feedback.

Night of Power

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Eid Eid Eid and more

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I must hasten to point out that not everyone is celebrating Eid today – many muslims are abiding by the sightings which indicate Eid is tomorrow. One of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Moo, offers his take on the opacity of […]

Security when Kaaba door opens

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I received these astonishing photos as an email forward, so I am unaware of their origin, but they certainly look legitimate. These are allegedly a glimpse of the heavy security around the Kaaba when the doors are opened by the […]

Ceylon circa 1890

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There are sometimes treasures to be found at Flickr. Look at this set of vintage photos from Ceylon from before the turn of the (previous) century. Modern Sri Lankans are casual, friendly, outgoing, and quick to smile, but these photos […]

The Musalman

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Wired Magazine has a short feature on The Musalman, the last hand-written newspaper in the world: The Musalman is possibly the last handwritten newspaper in the world. Four professional calligraphers spend three hours on each page every single day to […]

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