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But, they do it in Saudi

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Further to the issue of the french trial delay in Ramadan that I mentioned earlier, comes some commentary on the matter by FaithWorld that is worth reading. After pointing out that similar “accomodations” are made for defendants of other faiths on similar grounds, they note that in Egypt the courts work straight through Ramadan:

I asked our Cairo bureau how courts deal with Ramadan there. According
to our court reporter, nobody there has ever asked for a delay because
of weakness due to Ramadan. In fact, courts sometimes sit during the
day, break for the iftar meal at sundown and then resume the session. 
So they don’t make any exception.

However, thabet at TalkIslam questions the relevance, pointing out:

What do the court practices of Egypt during Ramadan have to do with French court practices?

There seems to be some kind of dissonance when it comes to issues
like this: on the one hand Muslims living in the UK, France, etc.
should conform to the cultural norms of their countries* and not of
their ‘ancestral’ homelands. Yet you will see commentators and politicians invoking practices of these very same Muslim countries.

As thabet says, the issue is one of French law. What they do in Cairo or Saudi is not really relevant, because this is a procedural, not religious, matter.

I think I detect a Bateson’s double-bind in effect here.

Imam Warith Deen Mohammed

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The leader of the Nation of Islam, credited with leading it towards mainstream Islamic practice, has passed away.

From his bio page at The Atlanta Jamaat:

IWDM.gifImam W. Deen Mohammed was born October 30, 1933, to the builder and leader of the Nation of Islam, the late Honorable Elijah (Poole) Muhammed and the late Clara (Evans) Muhammad. He is the leader of the largest identifiable consittuency of Muslim Americans and is recognized world wide as a leading Islamic Thinker and representative.

He succeeded his father in 1975 as the leader of the Nation of Islam with unanimous support of its followers and began its transformation to “Islam proper” as practiced by over 1 billion Muslims worldwide. He operned the Nation of Islam membership up to all races of Muslims and encouraged Muslim Americans to register to vote and become full participants in the politics and economics of America.

(via Koonj and Talk Islam)

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun

a Burkean view of Ramadan

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Although I think he’s mistaken in his assessment of the Tower Hamlets Council controversy, I fully agree and appreciate the insight into how a Burkean should approach Ramadan:

As mentioned previously on Burke’s Corner,
I am disturbed by both the secularists and the neo-cons whose hostility
to Islam – not merely Islamist radicalism – ignores a profound Burkean
truth: “man [sic] is by his constitution a religious animal”. Back in March I said:

“An
authentically Burkean analysis would, indeed, critique the theocratic
pretensions of the ideology of Islamism and its cult of holy violence.
But Burkeans would carefully qualify this with a prior expression of
respect for Islamic civilisation, for the ability of mosque and Koran
to shape societies over centuries”.

As Ramadan begins today – in
spite of those who pervert Islam for the ideology of hate and in spite
of the dangerous fools in Tower Hamlets – it is appropriate to
reiterate that respect.

I’ve some Burkean leanings myself, it seems. I found the Wikipedia entry on Edmund Burke’s life and works to be very compatible with my own views on religion and politics. It’s interesting that he is claimed by both modern conservatives and liberals alike as an intellectual forebear.

(via Talk Islam)

The Palin bounce?

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

A batch of polls over the weekend  show that McCain gained serious ground after the RNC convention and Palin’s speech/martyrdom:

USAToday / Gallup 9/5-7/08
McCain 54, Obama 44)
(8/23: Obama 48, McCain 45)

Zogby Interactive 9/5-6/08
McCain 50, Obama 46
(8/30: McCain 47, Obama 45)

Gallup Poll 9/4-6/08

McCain 48, Obama 45

Rasmussen Reports 9/4-6/08
McCain 48, Obama 48

Over at Nation-Building, I argue that this has nothing to do with Palin.

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