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Nominations now open for the 11th Annual Brass Crescent Awards

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

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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 Awards are named for the Story of the City of Brass in the Thousand and One Nights. Today, the Islamsphere is forging a new synthesis of Islam and modernity, and is the intellectual heir to the traditions of philosophy and learning that was once the hallmark of Islamic civilization – a heritage scarcely recognizable today in the Islamic world after a century’s ravages of colonialism, tyrants, and religious fundamentalism. We believe that Islam transcends history, and we are forging history anew for tomorrow’s Islam. These awards are a means to honor ourselves, celebrate our nascent community, and promote its growth.

The Awards will take place in two phases. First is the nominations phase, where readers nominate their favorite blogs in each of several categories. All submitted nominations will then be narrowed down to a maximum of five nominees per category, as selected by our judges. We will then have the final voting round. Simply visit BrassCrescent.org to submit nominations and vote.

Here are this year’s categories:

BEST MUSLIM BLOG: This category honors the most indispensable, Muslim-authored (single-author) blog there is. Period.

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA STREAM: People are increasingly expressing themselves through social multimedia feeds like Instagram, Vine, YouTube, Flickr and more. Who is doing a good job of mastering this medium?

BEST FEMALE MUSLIM BLOGGER: The woman’s voice in Islam is equal to the man’s, and in the Islamsphere we seek to make sure the female perspective is highlighted and given its rightful due. Which (single-author) Muslim woman’s blog has done the most to explore the role that women play within Islam and society?

BEST GROUP BLOG: What multiple author blog in the Islamsphere has the best diversity of writers and the most interesting debate on Muslim issues?

FUNNIEST BLOGGER: Which blogger gets their point across by using humor in the most effective way?

BEST NEW BLOG: Which blog is a true diamond in the rough, one that everyone should be reading but who most just haven’t heard of (yet)?

BEST NON-MUSLIM BLOGGER: Which blog written by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialogue with Muslims?

BEST POST OR SERIES: Which single post or group of posts in the Islamsphere was the most original and important, above all the others?

BEST REGIONAL BLOG: The Islamsphere is truly a global phenomenon. Different regions of the world all have unique perspectives on faith and politics that should be recognized and celebrated. What blogs or bloggers are the best voice of their people and their cultures?

BEST WRITER: Who is the most stimulating, insightful, and philosophically wise among us? This category is intended to highlight a blogger who may not post daily, but when they do post, they really make an impact.

BEST TWEETER: What Muslim voice on Twitter provides the most informative and entertaining retweets, links, and/or witticisms in 140 characters or less?

BEST NON-MUSLIM TWEETER: What non-Muslim voice on twitter should we all be following, who tweets about issues relating to the Muslim world and Islam?

Note: With the “muslim”/”non-muslims” exceptions noted above, any blog is eligible for any category, including blogs authored by people of other faiths. In defining the Islamsphere, we are not relying solely on adherence to the faith, but an affinity for parts of the diverse cultural fabric that Islam embraces and is embraced by worldwide.

Help us promote the Awards – follow @brasscrescent on Twitter, Like our Facebook page, check out our subreddit /r/brasscrescent, and mention the Awards on your own blog. Asking your readers to nominate you is fair game!

Ramadan Kareem from the Democratic Party and President Obama

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

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 and the basic principles that bind people of different faiths together: a yearning for peace, justice and equality.” — President Obama

Also, it’s worth watching President Obama’s Ramadan Message to muslims back in 2009 (here’s a transcript)

Ramadan is coming – or has already arrived

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Ramadan Mubarak!

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.

Most moonsighting communities have not yet confirmed a positive moon sighting, according to Moonsighting.com and according to CrescentWatch.org. For communities that adhere to the moonsighting tradition, Ramadan begins tomorrow on Sunday, 29th June.

Whether you begin fasting today or tomorrow, Ramadan Mubarak! Please do remember me and my family in your precious dua.

Related: my contribution to the moonsighting debate, where I argue that calculations are just as valid as moonsighting and rebut some of the exclusivity arguments that moonsighters sometimes make (not to mention pointing out that moonsighters themselves also use calculations). Also, Dr. Muqtedar Khan has written a new essay in favor or calculations that is very thought-provoking, On the moon-sighting debate: a Maslaha-based argument.. Finally, an old brief essay of mine of some relevance: in motion, the believers reflect the heavens.

Creekstone beef is certified halal – and supplies top tier restaurants around the United States

posted by Aziz Poonawalla
Top-tier quality, fully zabihah slaughtered meat from Creekstone Beef

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:

Chicago:

  • David Burke’s Primehouse
  • Epic Burger
  • Eataly (market) & Baffo (restaurant)
  • Mon Ami Gabi
  • Waldorf Astoria
  • The Palmer House
  • Carnivale
  • Travelle
  • Frontera by Rick Bayless
  • The Side Door
  • The Lobby
  • Houlihan’s (The Loop on Wacker)
  • Roka Akor
  • Owen & Engine

New York:

  • Eataly
  • Minetta Tavern
  • Babbo
  • Café Boulud
  • China Grill
  • Del Posto
  • Pastis
  • Porterhouse New York
  • Standard Grill
  • Marea
  • Tabla
  • Khe-Yo
  • Perilla Restaurant
  • Clear Cut Meals
  • Marc Forgione
  • The Stanton Social
  • Salt & Fat
  • Many more…

San Francisco:

  • Baker & Banker
  • Isa
  • BIX
  • Park Tavern
  • Phat Philly
  • Marlowe
  • A K Meats
  • La Folie
  • Cocotte
  • Gitane
  • The Brazen Head
  • Skool
  • Farallon
  • Fringale
  • Fog Harbor Fish House
  • Boudin Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
  • Bisou
  • Town Hall
  • Many more…

San Jose:

  • Los Gatos Meats & Smoke House
  • Pizza Antica
  • Parcel 104
  • Hay Market Willow Glen
  • Billy Berk’s
  • The Patty Shack (Redwood City)
  • Coconuts Caribbean

Los Angeles:

  • Hole In the Wall Burger Joint
  • Petit Ermitage
  • Red O
  • RH
  • Beachwood Cafe
  • Farm Stand

Detroit:

  • Toasted Oak Grill and Market
  • The Hill Seafood and Chophouse
  • Prime29 Steakhouse
  • Northern Lakes Seafood Restaurant

Atlanta:

  • South City Kitchen
  • Dantanna’s
  • Salt Factory

Other cities:

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!

For more information, read Muslim Eater’s post on Creekstone in full, and follow them on twitter at @muslim_eater!

Related links about Creekstone: Creekstone’s website, and a NYT article on Creekstone’s beef quality.

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