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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.

a victory for toilets and holograms: Narendra Modi is India’s new Prime Minister

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

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:

(the full transcript is here and it’s as painful to read as it is to watch)

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.

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