James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, has weighed in on the letters sent by Michele Bachmann and others alleging Muslim Brotherhood “infiltration” of the United States Government.
In an article on the Huffington Post, he writes, “The evidence the Representatives present to back up their ominous warnings is, at best, slight — in some cases, creating a “straw man” out of a single reed of straw.”
Read the whole piece here.
According to the Arab News, transportation costs consume half of a woman’s income in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
What possible reason could there be in the 21st century to forbid women to drive?
From an American perspective, it looks like a thinly disguised make-work project to employ men as chauffeurs!
According to Salon.com, Michele Bachmann, “the Minnesota Republican, joined by Republican Reps. Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney and Lynn Westmoreland, sent letters to the inspectors general of five government agencies responsible for national security to demand they investigate infiltration by the Muslim Brotherhood into the highest reaches of the federal government.”
Alex Seitz-Wald also reports that “Bachmann’s fellow Minnesota congressman, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, wrote a letter to Bachmann and her co-signers yesterday [12 July] demanding they provide evidence to support their accusations, or drop their claims.”
What’s your take?
Ramadan has two basic meanings.
First, it is the name of the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar.
Second, it is the designated month of fasting (from dawn until dusk). It can be compared to the Christian observance of Lent, as it is a time for inner reflection, renewed devotion to God and self-control.
Because the Islamic calendar is lunar, it does not track time the same that the solar calendar (such as the one in contemporary use) does. Each month begins with the sighting of the new (crescent) moon and lasts 19 or 20 days.
The Fiqh Council of North America uses astronomical calculation to determine the beginning of lunar months, with Mecca as the referent.
On the basis of this method Ramadan for the year 1433 AH begins Friday, July 20, 2012. Eid al-Fitr (the feast day marking the end of Ramadan) will be Sunday, August 19, 2012.