I haven’t been regular with posts these past couple of weeks. Rest assured I have drafted multiple Field Notes for the Millennial Quran Study Project, and have diligently worked on some other posts. Its just I have had to really buckle down and get out of the way something that I have dragged my feet on, and forContinue reading “I VONA Check-In”
Adventure, did someone yell “ADVENTURE?” I fell that these days I hear it everywhere! And, apparently 2015, so far Alhumdulillah, can be summed up in that single word. Being the de facto theme for this year. Its my first visit, to New York City, can you imagine that? (Then on to Boston and a camping trip toContinue reading “NYC- There’s Just Your First Time”
This is a short reflection I have been straining to do for the past four months on “Our Three Heroes” and communal healing, coping, and moving forward as an individual. its a humble, yet selfish act, in trying to make sense of this situation. Being selfish, however, is a step toward mending, and I have felt broken these past few months. I realize this acutely as I write this and explore why I felt the way I had over the past few months since my last post.
Every year we go into a period that I call “The Moon Wars”- its the perennial Muslim calendar event, a sort of “I can piss further then you can” showcase except it involves whether or not to use the moon sighting method to begin and end the most holy of holy months in the MuslimContinue reading “Adventures With The (Ramadan) Moon Sighting Committee”
Its another set of 10 days- those of Dhul Hajj. Hajj…sigh. Well if you can’t go for Hajj, there are the 10 days leading into Eid and the most important day for everyone, regardless if you’re performing Hajj or not, is the Day of Arefa. As those 10 days start (today), I was reflecting onContinue reading “5 Things That Help Me Keep the Ramadan Spirit Going”
So far Day 1 was all about defining Ramadan based on the division of the month into 3 sets of 10 days. The first set being all about “Rahma” or “mercy” which was explored in Day 2 post. Day 3 I outlined that mercy starts with recognizing that we as individuals need to be cognizantContinue reading “Ramadan Day 6- Worship, the gateway toward mercy”
Where do you begin when discussing mercy? I started the conversation in my Ramadan Day (RD) 1 post by defining “mercy” in English. I find that when your multilingual things often take on a deeper meaning, however, in trying to translate all of that meaning the richness of the concept or idea is lost onContinue reading “Ramadan Day 2- Al Rahman, The Most Merciful”