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As of 8:03 PM on June 4th, 2016, by the Fatimi Hijri Calendar – it is sunset on 29th Shaban 1437, so therefore Ramadan has begun. Mubarak!

As Ramadan approaches, few Muslims will genuinely welcome it. The vast majority of practicing Muslims view Ramadan’s impending arrival solely through the lens of fasting, and the logistics thereof. What will I eat for suhur? How will I stay awake […]

Last time I posted this, I was visiting Los Angeles in July, and Ramadan was still ahead. I styled myself the Sheikh in the North 🙂 However, now I’ve moved to Los Angeles, perhaps better known as the Kings’ Landing. […]

No, of course not. 🙂 Still, this photo is pretty funny: (via @iyad_elbaghdadi on Twitter) All joking aside, Islamophobia is almost a defining trait of Trump supporters. The best way to identify a Trump supporter is to ask, “Is Obama […]

I’m going to throw out some quick half-formed ideas in response to this article by Sufi Synik (via the indomitable Samar Kaukab): Half of the Muslims want me to shut up and take every single hadith (without considering its historical […]

Of all the weird stuff I see on Facebook and Twitter, this pretty much beats all this week. Brother looks like he’s got some knee pain. And tiny t-rex arms. Anyway, I’m sure we can blame Obama for this somehow. […]

Happy VDay to all! Or, belated VDay depending on your madhab – according to Saudi moonsighting Valentine’s was yesterday 😉 The Gujarati origins of what was then known as “Velan-time Day” are well-established in the historical record. Rather than buy […]

This is a guest post by Ali Asghar Alibhai. There is no question that the America my generation grew up in is much different than the America of now. I grew up in West Texas, a place that some might […]

Yesterday, the Saudi government executed the Shi’a cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, as an enemy of the state. His nephew, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr (who was 17 when arrested), is in prison and sentenced to death by crucifixion, though there is still […]

It’s fundamentally problematic for a man to weigh in on hijab. That hasn’t stopped me from wading into the topic before (see: The Burka and the Bikini), but the only conversation of substance that can happen on the topic is […]