“Ramadan reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves and the basic principles that bind people of different faiths together: a yearning for peace, justice and equality.” — President Obama
By the lunar Fatimid calendar, today (Saturday 28th June) is the 1st of Ramadan. The Mecca-centric calculations of The Fiqh Council of North America (affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America) also concur with the lunar calendar in declaring today the 1st of Ramadan.
Top-tier quality, fully zabihah slaughtered meat from Creekstone Beef
A new blog has just burst onto the Muslim blogsphere scene, Muslim Eater (http://muslimeater.com) – with a magnificent debut post about how a major, top-tier beef supplier in Kansas is actually fully halal certified. That supplier is Creekstone Beef and all of their beef is hand-slaughtered zabiha halal by Muslim staff.
Here is Muslim Eater’s initial list of restaurants by city that serve Creekstone beef:
The post at Muslim Eater is incredibly detailed and addresses virtually every possible concern that any committed halalaterian may have about whether they can trust this info. This is incredible news for any Muslim foodie!
As predicted by everyone, Narendra Modi has won the election and is India’s new Prime Minister.
Some essential background on the Indian elections here, by John Oliver on HBO (because American news media FAIL):
Modi won with substantial support of Muslims in India, despite his role in the Gujrat riots. I hope that Modi takes that lesson of forgiveness and trust to heart as he governs for all of India, not just the majority.
The flip side is Rahul Gandhi, who was probably the most anemic candidate that Congress could have fielded. Watch Gandhi’s disastrous interview by TV host Arnab Goswani and you will see how unprepared he was:
and compare Goswani’s interview with Gandhi to his interview with Modi:
It’s no wonder Modi destroyed Gandhi. And frankly I don’t see how a dynastic, inefective candidate like Gandhi would have been any better for India. At best he would have perpetuated the status quo; at worst he would have exacerbated the worst instincts of Indian politics towards corruption and waste and bureaucratic inertia.
Modi was always going to win. The future of India is in his hands. Let’s hope that having achieved his ambition, he now can focus on his legacy and can resist the calls of Hindu nationalism to create their version of paradise. Modi is Muslims’ prime minister, too.
Nominations now open for the 11th Annual Brass Crescent Awards The Brass Crescent Awards is an annual awards ceremony that honors the best writers and thinkers of the emerging Muslim blogosphere (aka the Islamsphere). Nominations are taken from blog readers, who then vote for the winners.
Founded in 2004 by myself and Shahed Amanullah, the Brass Crescent Awa
Ramadan Kareem from the Democratic Party and President Obama The official twitter handle of the Democratic Party (@TheDemocrats) just posted this Ramadan Kareem message quoting President Obama:
"Ramadan reminds us of our shared responsibility to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves an
City of Brass by Aziz Poonawalla approaches issues from the perspective of a Muslim of the West. Aziz, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, has been blogging since early 2003 and co-founded the Brass Crescent Awards for the muslim blogsphere.