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To listen, click the image above or here. By Shahed Amanullah – set to the music of the old favorite “Do They Know It’s Christmas”

Ramadan has begun! We know, because of the sightings of statements by politicians in social media. Let’s review, and grade: President Obama: "As Muslim Americans celebrate the holy month, I am reminded that we are one American family" —@POTUS on […]

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!

Once again, it is time to tweet the Qur’an! here are the guidelines, via Hussein Rashid, (@islamoyankee) the perennial organizer and founder of this wonderful initiative: Anyone is welcome. You do not have to be Muslim. The point is to […]

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. […]

Here is a link to all the posts in the Ramadan Pearls series I did during Ramadan: Criterion Non-existence Mystery Angels Objective Expectant Reed Veils Lend Good I hope you enjoyed these nuggets of wisdom as much as I did […]

These are the very last days of Ramadan, whether you go by moonsighting or calculations (aside, here’s my take on the moonsighting debate). Eid will be either on Friday or Saturday depending on how you reckon; for me, today marks […]

For to fast is to good unto your selves – if you but knew it. (translation, Muhammad Asad, The Message of the Qur’an)

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 […]