Part of the US Muslim Engagement Project.
Was just referred to this campaign by a friend. I am late on it, but very good. Deprive yourself of a comfort you take granted or a vice that drives you, even for one day. Whether it’s food, your car or the internet, nourish your spirit by going without. It will make you stronger, grow your self-discipline and help disconnect you from worldly activities in these days of selfish decadence and gluttony.
Here’s a wonderful piece on looking for Sufis in Central Asia. Go find some grapes. However, I think it’s important to note that Sufism is not the touchy-feely part of Islam – although it is often used to create a Good Muslim/Bad Muslim dichotomy – it is much more. Read about the politicization of a Sufi group in Iraq here. Technorati Tags: Iraq, Sufism
Via Juan Cole, it seems that we’ve been holding innocent people and torturing them for fun. CNN is reporting from a different source that torture is being carried out by us. I say “we” because we are all complicit in this act. As Americans we should be holding ourselves to a higher standard, and demand that our representatives hold themselves to an even higher standard than that. Everywhere we turn we see how deep the wrong-doing done in our name has spread. We deny the truth, just as our representatives do. Every time one of these people is flogged, our…