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Iftaar Barbecue for the 4th of July

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

On the 4th of July, it was also the 18th of Ramadan – so my community masjid in Chicago had an Independence Day barbecue for iftar! Burgers, fries, hot dogs – all halal, of course :) Here’s video coverage from TV Asia:

And that’s my sister being interviewed, too. Red White and Blue :)

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Ramadan Pearls 09 – lend

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Lend unto God. Give a loan of the leafage of this body,
That in exchange a garden may grow in your heart.
Give a loan, diminish the body’s food,
that you may see that which the eye has not seen.
When the body becomes empty,
God fills it with musk and glorious pearls.

(Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi)

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Ramadan Pearls 08 – veils

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

All desires, affections, loves and fondness people have of all sorts of things, such as fathers, mothers, friends, the heavens and the earth, gardens, pavilions, works, knowledge, food and drink – one should realize that every desire is a desire for food, and such things are “veils”. When one passes beyond this world and sees that King without these “veils”, then one will realize that all those things were “veils” and “coverings” and that what they were seeking was in reality that one thing. All problems will then be solved. All heart’s questions and difficulties will be answered, and everything will become clear.

(Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi)

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Ramadan Pearls 07 – reed

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and the belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out
of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you’re full of food and drink, Satan sits
where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,
good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give it
to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents,
Jesus’ table.
Expect to see it when you fast, this table
spread with other food, better than the broth
of cabbages.

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(Jalaluddin Rumi, compilation The Essential Rumi)

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