A moment of (relative) stillness So right now Owlie and the 3 Homeez (like the 3 Wisemen, only more fun) are off running last minute errands while I’m at home with a cup of contraband coffee. Black with sugar and vanilla, delicious. I stayed back…

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Eid Mubarak Blogistan! Excuse me while I go and grin… Never mind, I’ll just grin and type simultaneously. Got a lot to be happy about today, tomorrow is the culmination of a whole month’s worth of fasting. Am I happy because fasting is finished? No,…

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Ana ‘Ajmi

Here’s an interesting quiz: can you translate these two paragraphs of Arabic? Wallahi Al-atfal yajroona fil mal’aab, yal’abu kurratl-qadam. Kuntu amshi izi dzhuribta rasi bil-kurati. Waqata rasi ‘ala’l-ard, bi-iznillah… ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Wa hu-al-lazi maddal-‘arda wa ja’ala feeha rawaasiya wa an-haaraa Wa min…

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I’ve decided that if, in the future, anyone makes mention of the Taliban, I’m going to ask which one. Cuz there are two types of Taliban, you know. The first type is Afghan. The second type is French. And when people give me a weird…

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Had an interesting discussion with my mother the other day about the difference in opinion between Mormonism and Islam as far as the purpose of life goes. According to Mormonism, the purpose of this life is to get the experience of having a physical, human…

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Camp Book

Ok bloggers and bloggerettes, here’s the deal. Every year, the super-shiny Muslim summer camp where Aniraz and I were campers (and then counsellors) puts out a camp book. It’s a collection of articles geared towards readers about 14 years and up. The book covers the…

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I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I don’t have to believe in conspiracies to acknowledge that they’re out to brainwash us. See? (grr. ressafrassa, dang dirty, low-down varmints…) Neo-cons take up the task of ‘religion-building’ by Jim Lobe WASHINGTON: One thing that can be said about…

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Chai and I went to Jummah prayers today, and for me it’s the first time that I’ve been in a long time. What’s interesting is the different types of people you get to see at the masjid on Friday. Like the guy in the blue…

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There’s a certain mental peace one finds while sitting on the prayer rug. Even after the prayer is finished and the dua has already been concluded, the boundaries of the prayer rug mark a sanctuary, a small space on this busy earth from where the…

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This blog is an elaboration of yesterday’s in light of some comments and questions that have been raised in the comments box. One thing that came up is that Populo- errr, ok, Democracy, is not to blame for Cuba, for Vietnam, for Korea. You know…

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Before I get down to the nitty-gritty of this blog, I want to make a disclaimer. There are good and bad people everywhere in the world, and it is not my intention to discredit or insult Pakistani Muslims. Though Pakistan may be a country of…

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“…and she went on and told me all about the good place [Heaven]. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day with a harp and sing for ever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it.…

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This is blog attempt number 7. I have begun six separate entries and deleted them all, one by one. I have a head-ache, and a head-cold, and a head-scarf (wait, that’s there all the time) and on top of it all, I got a speeding…

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I was going to write a blog about how Eid here is one day later than everywhere else in the world, and how some of our leaders –ahem ahem- are complete morons. But then I remember that my momma told me that if I couldn’t…

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My lips cracked today while I was fasting. It didn’t feel very deep at the time, but when I saw a small red drop suddenly appear on the floor by my feet, I realized they were bleeding. My first thought was, gross. My second thought…

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Ok, now I’m really writing about Ramadan. One thing that’s come up on the tagboard (many thanks to Choco Bean) is the idea of preparing for Ramadan. What exactly does ‘preparing for Ramadan’ mean, anyway, making a month’s Pakoras in advance? Stockpiling enough RoohAfza to…

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The fridge is a dangerous place and I blame my Grey Crayon for it, sending me home with party leftovers, chocolate-peanut butter pie, breadsticks, yummy rice, and bon-bons. Bon-bons for corn’s sakes! Sheesh! I think I left the party with more food than I brought.…

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Here’s a blog from a few days back, before we got the phone line. Blogging Today: An Exercise in Futility By Sensei Incensed Well, our phone line still doesn’t work, but at least we now know what the problem is. See, this whole time we’ve…

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