alcohol + islamophobia = fail

A scene on Nicollet Mall

I’d heard snippets about this and the resulting hijabi flash mob via Twitter all weekend, as it coincided with 2 blogging conventions – NetRoot Nation and RightOnline.  Here’s a first hand account from one of the harassed.


dear tim pawlenty

bite me.

Pawlenty personally shuts down MN program to help muslims buy homes

Or at least that’s how he’s selling it to the islamophobes who’s votes he’s courting.  He put his foot down to squash the sharia creep in it’s tracks!

Orrrrrr, there just wasn’t a lot of demand, and in a time of tight budgets, the funds were shifted towards more popular programs.

Nah, gotta puff up the tough on islam resume if you’re going to run with the big dogs, so it was all for the sake of the constitution!

ps:  I could probably do one of these dear ______ every day for the entire GOP presidential field.  But, I’ll leave it at one a week, length indeterminate, until bigoted islamophobic crap ceases to flow from the pack.

dear herman cain

bite me.

BECK: So wait a minute. Are you saying that Muslims have to prove their, that there has to be some loyalty proof?

CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.

BECK: Would you do that to a Catholic or would you do that to a Mormon?

CAIN: Nope, I wouldn’t. Because there is a greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith than there is in these other religions. I know that there are some Muslims who talk about, “but we are a peaceful religion.” And I’m sure that there are some peace-loving Muslims.

doomed to repeat

I hear echos of McCarthy-ism looming.

I can’t follow his logic.

“The great majority of Muslims in our country are hardworking, dedicated Americans,” he said Saturday.

Okay, check.

“[There are] outstanding Muslims who contribute so much to the future of our country.”


“I will drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization. These hearings will be a step in that direction. It’s what democracy is all about.”


I thought that’s what fearmongering is all about.

Perhaps King’s been reading Glenn Beck‘s book “The Real America,” in which the statistical genius states, “Ten percent of Islam wants us dead.”

Make no mistake, homegrown terrorism is a real threat, but is hauling someone before Congress for being a Muslim the solution?

In this troubling time, I shall relate to you (for the umpteenth time), the story of my grandmother.

She was the secretary of a higher up in the Wisconsin Republican party in the 50s, and as such, was invited to attend functions with various Very Important Republicans.

One such event was a dinner in honor of Senator Joseph McCarthy, at the high of his red witch hunting.  When he entered the room, everyone gave him a standing ovation.  Everyone that is, but my grandmother.  She remained seated and did not clap.

Let’s reflect on the courage of my grandmother in light of this hadith:

He who amongst you sees something abominable should modify it with the help of his hand; and if he has not strength enough to do it, then he should do it with his tongue, and if he has not strength enough to do it, even then he should abhor it from his heart. [Muslim]

My grandmother, a person with little power, could do nothing to stop McCarthy-ism on her own.  But she did what was within her power – she let it be known through her actions that she was not happy, and may Allah (swt) reward her for that.

I’m not saying that these hearings will necessarily be as bad as the McCarthy ones.  But they certainly are McCarthy-esque, and may Allah (swt) give us all the strength and courage to face the trials we may face.

what not to read while fasting and other randomness

I received an amazon package yesterday from my sister, who is an enabler if ever there was one – I’m addicted to cookbooks, and what does she give me, but the one at the very tippy top of my wishlist.  Alhamdulilah.

And of course, I can’t help but lug the cookbook on the bus with me this morning, and drool over the myriad of recipes chock full of fruity, vegetabley, legumey, non processed goodness.  I already have visions of menus for weeks to come.  One thing I love about Bittman recipes is that he will often provide substitutes and variations on the dishes.  Oftentimes when a recipe calls for alcohol, he also provides a non alcoholic option, to which I say alhamdulilah.

And of course, now I’m starving.  But alhamdulilah, winter offers a blessing to the fasters:

Hasan al-Basri (ra) said, “The best time for the Mu’min is the Winter. Its night is long so he does Qiyaam, and its day is short so he fasts it.”

As for fasting, today is the 9th of Muharram:

The Prophet (saws) said, “If I live next year, I shall also fast on the 9th day.” [Ahmad]

And tomorrow is the 10th of Muharram:

The Prophet (saws) said, “Fasting the day of Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the previous year.” [Muslim]

Ashura is the marking of many historic events.  The Prophet (saws) instituted fasting on these days to mark Musa (as) and his people’s hijra from Egypt.  Shias commemorate the marytrdom of Imam Husain (ra), and it would do us sunnis good to remember this tragedy in our history, reflect on it and strive not to repeat these errors.


Finally, the cold has brought out one of my favorite pieces of muslim garb, one I’m sure sends all haters running for cover:

zumba zumba zumba! zumba zumba zumba!

The title should be read with a conga line lilt.

Have I mentioned how much I love zumba?  It’s the only form of exercise where I reach the end of the hour and I’m like where did the time go and awww, I want more!

There were 2 other sisters at zumba last night, which gave me warm fuzzy feelings.

And speaking of uber cool sisters and zumba –I wanted an adventure and I wanted a job’

OTTAWA — Wafa Dabbagh is many things. She is a tiny, bubbly bundle of energy who loves Zumba fitness. She prays five times a day, keeps an immaculate home and bakes a cake for her beloved neighbours each weekend. She has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s in business administration and a cancer diagnosis, the last of which she treats like a bothersome cold.

Dabbagh is also a pioneer, the first member of the Canadian Armed Forces — and still only one of a handful — to wear a hijab, the Muslim headcovering for women.