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My Iftar Under the Allianz Stadium Tent! !!

 

Iftar at the Soccer game

On Wednesday night, Minnesota United Soccer team matched up with the German Bundesliga Hertha Berlin team for the first ever international friendly at Allianz Field. The reservation was made four month ago on line, SeatGeek, which obviously they don’t use the Islamic Colander, so I didn’t know it is going to be in Ramadan. Planning is way overrated however, it was one of the most memorable Iftar I ever had. Watching a game while fasting is not as bad as playing while fasting, If a superstar Egyptian player like Mohamed Saleh who plays for Liverpool is fasting during the game, I can watch the game fasting too. The game starts at 7pm and the Iftar, breaking fast is at 8:35pm, so I need to have a real plan here.

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Surviving Ramadan in America!!

 

How Do you Survive Ramadan in  America

This week, on may 6th, Millions of Muslims around the world started observing the holy  month of Ramadan.  Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar, that honors the time when god revealed to Prophet Muhammed through Angel Gabriel, the first verses of Quran.   Ramadan is a festive month for Muslims , 30 days of Christmas. Where Muslims  enjoy special traditions and immersed themselves in all night celebration. However, in the political climate of Islamophobic culture , and the rhetoric of  demonizing Muslims and criminalizing Islam.  In America, Muslim faith and practices are questioned and under the spotlight. .  Observing Ramadan traditions, in Islamophobic America needs some adjustments and careful planning and to enjoy these Ramadan traditions and ritual in this tumultuous time without getting themselves in troubles, a Ramadan survival guide needs to be created, here are some unsolicited guideline to consider during some Ramadan traditions!

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The Hijab … and other scary stories.

Cloth throughout history  worn for a political, personal or functional reason. Muslim cloth in general and Hijab in particular, have triggered so much debate and controversial in this country. America seemed  obsessed with what Muslim women wear or don’t wear as if the only problem we are facing in this country. where, Political hijab is celebrated everyday in the White House and national news.  The symbolism of Muslim hijab ranges from an oppression of Muslim women to a strong identity and a strong feminist stand.  Lately we have two Muslim women who used hijab to break ground with totally different symbolism. “Halima Aden and Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Halima Aden both,  brook ground  and Made History as the First Model to Wear a Hijab and Burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. “ screamed the headline of the Sports Illustrated Magazine, SI, on the front page , the 21 year old Somali Muslim playfully lying on the beach wearing  her sexy burkini swimsuit. I’m not sure about the business of Breaking history and being first. lots of Muslims women wear burkini on the beach, swim with their everyday cloth which a wholesome sexy too for lots of onlookers. 

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Vote Like An Egyptian..!

 

Egyptians don’t seem to be in a hurry in their lives, usually late, and take their time.  They have mastered the art of sitting and doing nothing as a form of civil disobedience. last Saturday, however, millions  were rushed to  decide on a constitutional  amendment referendum that would give Abdel Fattah el-Sisi more power and the possibility of staying in office until 2030. The current constitution limited the president to only two terms, four years each, el-Sisi already in his second term. The referendum wasn’t debated, discussed in public, and nobody knows the exact details and ramifications. Egyptians have to take el-Sisi’s word for it, and mark Yes on the ballot.

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Trump’s Fatwa on Ilhan Omar’s head!!

 

When a head of state issues a fatwa against an individual for speaking out, you have no chance. According to the dictionary a fatwa is “a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader.” This is not just a religious or a Muslim thing and only in so called third world countries however, Obama issued lots of secular Fatwas against suspected terrorists, in the “kill list“, a list of people they need to be killed without any evidences or due process, just send the drones. Then we have now, Trump’s twitter video is another form of a secular fatwa – to end someone’s life either politically or literally.

We all remember thirty years ago, February 14, 1989, a fatwa was issued against Indian British writer, Salman Rushdie for writing a book, The Satanic Verses, as according to the Ayatollah it desecrated the Prophet and the Quran, and according to the fictional novel, some people (devil) said something (verses) to the Prophet other than Archangel Gabriel. The fatwa was issued by supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini.

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