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Eid at the State Department

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I am honored to be invited to celebrate Eid al Fitr at the State Department again this year. And I am relieved that this time, it’s actually taking place after Ramadan, which means I can actually attend for the first time! :) I am looking forward to meeting Secretary Kerry and thanking him for his tireless work, congratulate him for his leadership in the Iran negotiations, and praising him for his clear assertion at Davos that there’s nothing inherently Islamic about violent extremism.

I’ll land in DC tonight and will hopefully have time to write my thoughts :) stay tuned…


The Empire State goes green for Eid

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

As is tradition, the Empire State Building – the most beautiful skyscraper in the world – was illuminated in green to mark Eid al Fitr. Of course, in 2015, this is announced via the official twitter account :)

Ignore the knee-biter islamophobes and just take a moment, as a proud American and a proud Muslim, to appreciate the beauty of this building and the graciousness of this tradition.

(Also, there are some nice photos of the ESB Eid colors on Flickr)

Related: The Fourth and the First


Ramadan Pearls roundup

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan:

  1. Criterion
  2. Non-existence
  3. Mystery
  4. Angels
  5. Objective
  6. Expectant
  7. Reed
  8. Veils
  9. Lend
  10. Good

I hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom as much as I did :) Inshallah I’ll try to do another set of 10 next year.




Eid Mubarak!

posted by Aziz Poonawalla


By the Fatimid calendar, today is Eid al Fitr, 1436!

I’ve explained my position on the calendar vs. moonsighting debate in detail – and this year there is a lot more divergence on the date than usual. Crescentwatch nicely summarizes:

Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted anywhere in the world via naked-eye on the evening of Thursday, July 16th. We received numerous negative reports from experienced moon-sighters with clear skies around the world including Australia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Argentina, Panama, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad, Colombia, Florida, Texas, and across the U.S. and Canada.


(Note: We are aware of several extraordinary positive reports that emerged late from multiple California locations. We have taken significant time to contact and speak with many of the claimants at length. While we recognize the sincerity of many of the claims, the actual descriptions and details of the reports do not provide the requisite certainty we require at this time to declare the momentous occasion of Eid.)

Ahh, California! :) That’s the price we as an Ummah pay for the Gates of Ijtihad being open, I guess. Whether you are celebrating Eid al Fitr today or tomorrow, the sentiment is universal. So – whether its on time, in advance, or belated – Eid Mubarak!


UPDATE: the California moonsighting confusion explained:

My favorite Eid quote is by Nelson Mandela – and had actually nothing to do with Eid, but I find it resonant regardless:

“There is nothing like returning to a place unchanged to find the ways you yourself have changed.”

Off to masjid for Fajr. And then, LUNCH.

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