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New “Enhanced” airport “pat-downs”

Disgusting as it is, invasive “pat-downs” at US airports should not surprise us. Our “enforcement” officers (Police, FBI, TSA, CBP/ICE etc.,) know that while they may not break for law without the possibility of some repercussions, they can be as harsh, hostile and rude as they want, without any danger to themselves (“I am only following the law“). As Muslims, we experience their delicate touch when we cross borders or, during traffic stops and other memorable experiences.
It is clear that a “pat-down” is NOT what they want because they will have to hire a massive number of TSA people in order to keep the lines running fast so, Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak?…Eid Mubarak!

What is Eid?
There are a few times when I miss the old country and my old friends, and Eid is among those times.
Eid in America is bittersweet event; on one hand there are the factionalized Muslim communities who insist on having Eid on at least two different days and sometimes, three. The inevitable and never-ending Moon-sighting controversy where Muslims cannot agree on whether to believe the science that accurately predicts to the minute, when the new moon will show and where or, to believe the old man on a hilltop claiming he saw the moon even as he points to en entirely different direction.
Should we accept the date set in Arabia? after all, that is where the final word on Eid is because that is when Haj is over.
Should we accept a global concept of moon-sighting where if it is sighted at one place, it is sighted all over the world or, should we accept local sightings by OUR religious scholars?
A Rabbi friend of mine told me that Jews addressed this problem (they too, work on the Lunar Calendar)…hundreds of years ago! They decreed that all holidays (except for Yom Kippur) would be observed for one extra day, just to be sure they observed it on the right moon-sighting day. Today, Reform (Liberal) Jews have removed the second day observance because they believe that it is scientifically possible to accurately determine the correct day.
Muslims’ dithering about when are our holy days, is what keeps us from having an actual holiday for Eid; if Muslims cannot agree when to hold their holy days, then how can we get our schools to agree on when the holy days are so they can give our children a holiday?
It never ends; we are doomed to celebrate our holy festivals on two, maybe three, different days. That’s the bitter part… Continue reading

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