The 30 Mosques Project is going live again for Ramadan. They need some help, so please consider donating.
Hope you all are well.
A year ago, my friend Aman and I took a road trip around the US during the month of Ramadan. We didn’t think much of it when we started, but as the days continued the trip slowly began to pick up some traction and we found ourselves giving a glimpse into the lives of many Americans that have been marginalized. We learned a lot and I think the hundreds of thousands of readers learned something as well.
We are finishing what we started last year by visiting the 20 states we missed in last year’s trip. Some of you may already know this. But what you may not know is that there are 16 days left in the fundraising and we really need your help. To keep the integrity of our trip, we have refused sponsorships and money from corporations. We want our readers to be invested in our project just as much as we are. Just like last year, we want you to feel as if you have a part in all this.
David Campbell and Robert Putnam: Islam and American Tolerance – WSJ.com. Consider the experience of two groups that are perceived positively by Americans today: Jews and Catholics. Americans rate Jews and Catholics more warmly than they do mainline Protestants, historically America’s religious establishment, and evangelical Protestants, the single largest religious group in the country. At the end of the scale opposite Jews and Catholics are Muslims, Mormons and Buddhists.
NEWSPAPER COLUMN: “My Family’s First Trip To A Mosque” | The Crescent Post. In September 2007 our Honda Odyssey idled in the gravel parking lot of a mosque in Clemson, S.C. As it turned out, the unadorned aluminum structure sat ironically and lonely on Old Stone Church Road in the Deep South. Suddenly my then-2-year-old daughter voiced the words that apparently reverberate in America from time to time: “Mosque … scary.”
Rachel does it again. I’ve been sitting on this post for too long. The Islamic tradition, according to Qur’anic injunction (17:78-79), is for three times prayer, dawn, just before sunset and just after sunset. And of course, many Muslims have seen the little prayer books for the pre-anything prayers, including going to the bathroom. Recently found one for a dua to say before having sex. Who says we’re a repressed people? Rachel’s post, and the obvious similarities to Muslim traditions, got me thinking about the meaning of ritual. The idea of using a symbolic language, in this instance ritual, is…