Tuesday, November 25, 2003

EID-AL FITR: Eid Mubarak! The month of Ramadan was a time in which Muslims strenghten their faith and spirituality while developing their sense of social justice. Ramadan also involves acts of solidarity. In France, they have the "cousciyse de l'amitie" where food is provided on university campuses to vulnerable people like the unemployed and homeless. For American Muslims, these acts have developed in the Muslim consciousness of being at home in the West of serving their community. These activities also help Muslims come in contact with everday people, whether helping local groups fight against violence, drugs and illiteracy. Anything to improve the quality of life, even those who want to restart their lifes in prison. The commitment to solidarity toward the whole society, with Muslims or non-Muslims as partners, is growing, especially here in America. And that, of course, is a good thing.

Coverage of Ramadan in the media has been about increased violence during this month, but other positive stories aren't covered. One such story is of a young black female named Yaphett who led a life of partying, drinking and drugs. The local Muslims here in the area somehow got in touch (via some sort of program) with Yaphett and helped her lead the straight path. Six months later, Yaphett visited the local mosque and converted to Islam to everybody's surprise. No more partying, no more drinking and no more drugs. There are so many stories like thse, but it's one of those stories that you won't here about.

NOTE: No worry, I'll start blogging on Afghanistan again soon.


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