Obama’s Iftar


I wonder what the food was.

The other day President Obama issued a special message to the Muslim world for the annual Ramadan holiday. Tonight, before leaving Wednesday for the rest of his stay-cation at Camp David, the president hosts a White House banquet to celebrate the same holiday.

Invited guests include three Cabinet secretaries, numerous diplomats, five members of Congress including the first Muslim, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, and the chief of the Palestine Liberation Organization mission.

Here is the list of invited guests, as provided by the White House:
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Fredi Kanoute, “I Can Keep Fasting In Ramadan Even When I Am Playing”

Fredi explains how he makes the seemingly impossible a reality during a certain month each year…

fredi-kanouteTo be tremendously fit is a must for all professional footballers: a demand that leads some Muslim players to forgo the duty of fasting during Ramadan, preferring to fulfill their obligation when the football season ends. However, for Sevilla’s Freddie Kanoute, this is not the case.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker believes it is possible for a modern footballer to remain in peak physical condition during the holy month.

The likes of Kanoute, along with Real Madrid’s Mahamadou Diarra, Lassana Diarra, and Karim Benzema, are the talk of football world as doctors work around the clock to formulate a routine in order to keep them hydrated during the fasting process.
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When the power goes out, only one place stays calm – The Masjid

Alhamdulillah! I am back from my first taraweeh. What an amazing night. One of the local Muslim communities near my home, the Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA), opened up to the public after months of construction for the first night of taraweeh this Ramadan. I usually go to other masajid, but this time I said I’d go to ISWA as much as possible since by distance it is the closest masjid to me. (There is also Muslim Community Center not to far, but ISWA is still closer).

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Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan is here!

Here is the rundown on who’s starting when:

  • Those starting Ramadan on Friday, August 21, 2009:
  • Those starting Ramadan on Saturday, August 22, 2009:
    • ISNA (source)
    • Europeans not following ECFR
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Sunnis in Iraq
    • Sunnis in Lebanon (source)
    • Qatar
    • Sudan
    • Jordan (source)
    • UAE (source)
    • Indonesia (source)
    • Egypt (source)
    • South Korea (source: one of my good friends who’s there right now, mashaAllah)

I am still waiting on the moon sighting results for N. America.  We all know ISNA and those who follow it use calculated methods to determine Ramadan, and they have decided it to be Sat. Aug. 22, 2009.  I don’t agree with that.  I am waiting for the moon sighting results, inshaAllah.

There are several organizations that are following the Sunnah in looking for the moon.  Here are the websites: