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Open Thread Ramadhaan Edition 8/31/08 & ISNA Shout-Out to MM Video

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One of the cool things about Muslims is that we come from all over the world, and in every country we have our own special way of celebrating Ramadhaan. This is more obviously seen in the West especially, where our communities are made up of a huge variety of immigrants and Western-born Muslims, and our masaajid become a veritable microcosm of the globe. As such, though occasionally a source of tension, alHamdulillaah this gathering of many people united by al-Islam has also been a blessing to us all,It’s your turn to share your Ramadhaan traditions and experiences… let’s sweeten this ijtema’ with half a date and joyful reminiscing of beautiful memories!

Here’s a new video, courtesy MR:

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Zainab bint Younus (AnonyMouse) is a Canadian Muslim woman who writes on Muslim women's issues, gender related injustice in the Muslim community, and Muslim women in Islamic history. She holds a diploma in Islamic Studies from Arees University, a diploma in History of Female Scholarship from Cambridge Islamic College, and has spent the last fifteen years involved in grassroots da'wah. She was also an original founder of MuslimMatters.org.

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Amad

    August 31, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Ramadan Mubarak everyone everywhere

    i heard they are already fasting in South Africa and Libya… where else?

  2. Amad

    August 31, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    http://www.dawn.com/2008/08/31/top7.htm

    Aafia�s son to reunite with family soon: Afghan FM

    KABUL, Aug 30: The young son of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui will be returned to his family �soon� by Afghanistan after he was arrested with her more than a month ago, Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta said on Saturday.

    Ahmed Siddiqui, 11, was captured in the central province of Ghazni on July 17 with his mother who was suspected to be planning a suicide attack. She was later accused of trying to kill US officials and is on trial in New York.

    �We�ll hand the child over to his family very soon,� Spanta told journalists, without giving details.

    The boy is being held by the attorney-general�s office in Kabul, government officials told AFP, also refusing to comment further.

    The New York-based Human Rights Watch this week urged the Afghan government to free the child, a US citizen.�AFP

    May Allah unite him with his family soon. Where are the other two kids???

  3. AnonyMouse

    August 31, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    My grandparents are in South Africa and we spoke to them just this morning; tonight was their first Taraweeh so they’ll be fasting tomorrow, insha’Allah. In my city also, looks like we’ll be fasting tomorrow! :D

  4. Abul Khan

    August 31, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Asalamu Alaiakum wa Rahmatullah

    A troubled community is in need of a Masjid! Please contribute to this project by donating or promoting. Qadr Allah, the site is down at the moment. Insha’Allah it should be up soon. Make duaa!

    Please visit for more information about this noble project:

    http://www.BronxMuslimCenter.Org

    May Allah reward you, ameen

    Ramadan Mubarak to all the Muslimeen,

    Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullah

  5. abdul-alim

    August 31, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Ramadan Mubarak to all the Muslims in this world.

  6. abdul-alim

    August 31, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Ramadan Kareem Brother Amad.

  7. Amad

    August 31, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    To you too Br. Abdul-Alim… I hope to see you inshallah soon.. our lunch/dinner appointment is still outstanding!

    May Allah accept all our deeds in Ramadan.

  8. Ali

    August 31, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Assalamu alaykum and Ramadan mubarak to evrey one! It looks like they all ready started in the U.K. according to what I read on Sr iMuslim’s blog and from the writings of other people who live there.

  9. AnonyMouse

    August 31, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Haha, great diplomacy there, sheikh Yasir!

  10. abdul-alim

    August 31, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Al-Hamdulillaah

  11. Nihal Khan

    August 31, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    A Ramadan Kareem to all MM readers from Nihal!

  12. Amad

    August 31, 2008 at 10:52 PM

    As Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast, let’s remember the people of Lousiana in our prayers.

    A quick tip– fill up your gas tanks… expect prices of gas/diesel to go up quite a bit… at least based on the previous hurricane. Many refiners have shut down in the LA area.

  13. IbnAbbas

    August 31, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    lol. Shaykh Yasir killed it when he turned to the brother asking “whats your blog name?”. MR – If i were you I wouldn’t put this vid up on my blog :p

    Ramadhaan Kareem everyone.

  14. Hidaya

    August 31, 2008 at 11:45 PM

    i cannot believe that Icna and Zaytuna both said Ramadhan starts on Tuesday but the big community center in my area announced its tomorrow…….aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh……..tomorrow makes it a doubtful day for me, since i want to follow a big organized Jamah as opposed to a small masjid which has no facilities to sight a moon……but my family and community is following the small masjjid so i have to go along with them but i am still doubtful about its authenticity…im thinking if it would be Makrooh for me to fast tomorrow….

  15. Amad

    September 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

    our Masjid is following others in the “NY area”, so we are fasting tomorrow. Interestingly, Houston is having Ramadan tomorrow, because they were following the opinion that 30 days of shawal are complete today.

    I would suggest you follow your family and your community. I was going to follow whatever our Masjid decided…

  16. talwar

    September 1, 2008 at 12:18 AM

    Fasting has already started (I’m fasting at the moment, walhamdulilah) in Australia! I think for a change, we are ALL united down under! The moon was sighted, walhamdulillah.

  17. abu ameerah

    September 1, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    yeah … the video clip is nice, i suppose. after watching it … i noticed that there was a “linked” video at the bottom entitled “Warning on Yasir Qadhi”. Obviously a hit job done by neo-Salafi playa hatas. anyway, i don’t think this is good business MM. it doesn’t do much for the Sheikh’s image either.

    on the upside though … i got a chuckle out of it. thanks.

  18. Amad

    September 1, 2008 at 1:02 AM

    Ramadan Mubarak to you too Abu Ameerah.

    Not sure what we can do about the links… I think it brings it up with every YQ video… though there may be some way to exclude them… I’ll ask MR.

  19. Abul Khan

    September 1, 2008 at 3:53 AM

    Wa’alaykum Asalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu

    The Bronx Muslim Center USA Inc website is now up Alhamdulilah. Please visit insha’Allah. We have many beautiful flyers and banners you can share with friends, family, organizations, masjids and websites. Make duaa that our goals are accomplished, wa Bilahi Tawfeeq.

    By the way, there is an option when copy the ‘Embed Code’ that doesn’t include linked videos. May Allah guide us all to the straight path, ameen

    Ma’Salaaama

    Bronx Muslim Center USA Inc.
    2531 Davidson Ave. Bronx, NY 10468
    Tel: (347) 236-2737 Email: Abulkhan@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.BronxMuslimCenter.Org

  20. Nihal Khan

    September 1, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    Masajid in the Teaneck area are starting on Tuesday.

  21. Amad

    September 1, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Some of you should feel lucky that you have a Masjid that is consistent :)

    Our masjid, mashallah, changed the ramadan announcement 2 hours before Iftaar, calling their earlier decision a mistake!

    Sometimes one wonders what goes on in the minds of people…

  22. MK

    September 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Assalamu alaikum….Ramadan Kareem everyone!
    I had a question…..there is a specific du’a that is supposed to be read between every four raka’ah of Taraweeh….but I wanted to know if this is authentically from the Sunnah or an invention?

    Jazakallahu Khair

  23. ibn Halal

    September 1, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    assalam alaikum AnonyMouse,

    I don’t know who you are, cuz you are AnonyMouse :) but thanks for the plug for HalfDate :P

    Jazakum Allahu khairan.

  24. Amad

    September 1, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    MK, this has come up before in our Masjid, so what I know is that there is nothing authentically reported with respect to a specific dua/dhikr.

  25. MK

    September 2, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Jazakallahu Khair, Br. Amad!

  26. SaqibSaab

    September 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    lol. Shaykh Yasir killed it when he turned to the brother asking “whats your blog name?”

    All in good fun! Ramadan Mubarak to all.

  27. Amad

    September 2, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    McCain anyone?

    McCain: No Muslim president, U.S. better with Christian one

    Though I would say a large chunk of the American population would not be prepared to accept a Muslim in the Oval Office, if the Obama “Muslim smear” was any indication of that. Islamophobia has been successfully inculcated in this country, with no small share of it the work of Israel-supporting zionists, and other right-wingers.

    On a different note, fly-on brother:
    Muslim pilot allowed to resume flying

    I know for a fact, as many in this county do, the DHS “Muslim-watch-list” is a big sham, especially when my 8 year old boy is on it!

  28. Amad

    September 4, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    This is awful news:
    Ground assault by US-led forces: Women, children among 20 killed in Waziristan

    They said that two children, three women and five men were killed in the attack on the house of one Payo Jan Torjikhel. A woman survived the indiscriminate shooting, they said.

    Anger rises over US-led border raid

    And what can a nation, which is going to have Mr.10%, corrupt, shameless man Zardari as its next president, no doubt with full support from USA, expect? Pakistan had no real sovereignty, and this shameless US infiltration was just more proof. Way to go US military… way to go for winning hearts and minds of Muslims! May Allah give solace to the families of those killed, and bring those to justice who inflicted this injustice.

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