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Open Thread Sunday 11-29-2009 | How did you spend your Eid?

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posted by abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

Eid Mubarak!

Whether or not you went for Hajj (and if you went, Hajj Mabrour, bi’idhnillah), you’ve celebrated Eid ul Adha by now.  So what did you do?  What are your favorite Eid experiences for this year or any prior year?

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Alhamdolillah, this year for Eid I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time — I put henna in my beard and hair, because I’ve wanted to do it ever since I read it in the sunnah.  I may not do it again for a while though because between keeping the “mudpack”-look on my face for several hours, the “scent” of henna, the little bits of dried henna that flaked off and fell wherever I went, and the final reddish-brown color of the hair…  Well, let’s just say my folks have been more pleased with me when I sought to enliven other sunnahs. ;)  Alhamdolillah alaa kulli haal!

The best part of my Eid this year, though, was spending the afternoon with some 60-70 of my relatives and a few close friends for a huge backyard barbecue at my folks home, alhamdolillah.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. MashaAllah; laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billah! And jazak Allah khayr to all of our readers on behalf of MM — alhamdolillah your votes helped make MM this year’s winner of the Brass Crescent for group blogs.

    And we are even more pleased to be runner-up for best blog period to the blog of our beloved Shaykh Suhaib Webb!

  2. muslim007

    November 29, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    I went to work for the man…

  3. AlBaraa

    November 29, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    Hung out with my family for the most part and caught up with sleep.

    Planning on going to see Journey to Mecca at the IMAX theater.

    If you’re in the NJ/NY area – check out the liberty Science Center – they’re playing the movie every day at 4:30pm

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  4. BintKhalil

    November 29, 2009 at 6:00 AM

    Assalamu alaikum

    Hate to put a damper on an Eid thread but the Swiss are voting on a move to ban new minarets.

    • Amad

      November 29, 2009 at 11:59 AM

      Quite horrible I must say. These right-wingers in Europe are bent on creating a second class out of Muslims… very similar to what happened with Jews before the holocaust. The use of imagery showing minarets as missiles next to a pictorial of a munaqiba is fear-mongering and islamophobia at its best. It is amazing that Switzerland would allow something like this. Would they have allowed the David’s star to be portrayed like that?

      The point is clear– they didn’t want any outer projection of Islam or Muslims. Today it is minarets, tomorrow they will outlaw the religion.

      If Europe doesn’t derail this Islamophobia train, and continues to try to destroy the culture of its minority Muslim population, it will only fan the flames of xenophobia and create more unrest, eventually culminating in the clash that the right-wingers from both sides want.

      • Faisal

        November 29, 2009 at 8:49 PM

        As-salamaulikum,

        I think its high time we Muslims should collectively stand up against this clear cut discrimination. These Europeans have forgotten how we collectively as an ummah drove down the economy of Denmark. I believe we should take a similar stand against Switzerland. Let’s collectively boycott their products, including Swiss watches, cheese etc.

        inshAllah I’ll do my part.

    • abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

      November 30, 2009 at 12:16 AM

      Bismillah. Make dua that Allah keeps steadfast the Muslims of Switzerland. Also Muslims worldwide should show the Swiss how we feel by boycotting everything Swiss. Watches, knives, cheeses, all of it. Let the Swiss know “franc”-ly that if they hate the sight of a Muslim masjid, then we’re happy to take our “custom” elsewhere. (That’s the British usage of custom: regular dealings with a shop or business by customers.)

  5. abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    November 30, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Attention Muslim attorneys licensed anywhere in the United States:

    Dear colleagues:

    A number of recent high-profile incidents underscore the need for attorneys who are able and willing to represent individuals contacted by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies. In response to requests from local Muslim bar associations, Muslim Advocates will be hosting a webinar training to provide attorneys with basic information about representing clients during such interviews and the legal ramifications for individuals who choose to speak with law enforcement officials. As community members often turn to attorneys within the community to seek advice about how to handle interview requests, this training is important for all attorneys, regardless of practice area.

    Representing Clients Approached by Law Enforcement Authorities for Questioning

    Senior Assistant Public Defender, Shama Farooq*

    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    4:00pm EST/1:00pm PST

    To register and receive the call-in information for this 1-hour webinar, please contact Munleen Soni, munleen@muslimadvocates.org, by Thursday, December 3, 2009

    * A special thank you to Shama Farooq, Senior Assistant Public Defender in Fredericksburg, Virginia who will be conducting the training and answering questions. Prior to joining the Public Defenders’ office, Ms. Farooq served as the Director of Civil Rights for the Maryland & Virginia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations where she advised clients on matters ranging from employment discrimination to racial & religious profiling by state and federal law enforcement. She has testified in hearings before the Maryland and Virginia legislatures on racial profiling by law enforcement, and represented the interests of the local Muslim community in numerous meetings with the FBI, DOJ, and DHS.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Eid!

    Salaams,
    Nura


    Nura Maznavi
    Counsel, Program to End Racial & Religious Profiling
    Muslim Advocates
    315 Montgomery Street, 8th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    (415) 675-1495 (phone)
    (415) 765-1774 (fax)

    I strongly encourage all of you who are licensed and in good standing to get this training done if you do not already have experience. Getting trained, though, is the first step. At the very least, the next step is to volunteer to represent fee sabeelAllah Muslims who might otherwise go into these interviews without an attorney. Your local chapter of the ACLU or CAIR would be glad to refer people to you. So do the right thing and remember that Allah will reward you for the good you do for His sake.

    If you cannot attend this webinar, look for opportunities in your area, and keep checking MM for more announcements. Jazak Allah khayr.

  6. Ilm Quester

    November 30, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Thankful to Allah for this blessed Eid when many of our brothers/sisters have never witnessed this day with a feast, family, or with an ounce of joy.

    EID MUBARAK! =)

  7. Iola Edwards

    November 30, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Usually I begin the day with going to the prayers in the morning and the best thing about that is seeing muslims who are different races, also how silent it is besides the children during prayer, after that its usually going shopping and spending time with the ones I love.

  8. ummaasiyah

    December 5, 2009 at 6:41 AM

    I went on Hajj!! Alhumdulillah, it was a fantastic Eid…in fact, the best one of my life! I came back to Mina from Muzdalifah at 9am and slept…but, man, after that we went for stoning and then we came back and came out of ihraam. It may not sound like much, but the people I shared this experience with were amazing. One Eid I will never forget!

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