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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

August 1 is the holy month of Ramadan (here) celebrated in the Muslim Community. Once again this year two young Muslim, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq, are going on the road to visit
30 mosques in thirty days in 30 states.. This is the third year they have done this. I have enjoyed following them each year. The first year they visited 30 mosques in 30 days in the New York City area. The next year they went on their road trip across the continental US to visit 30 mosques in 30 states. This year they are even more ambitious. They are including the states of Alaska and Hawaii. Not only will they be meeting with members of the wide variety of mosques and sharing the evening breaking of the fast , they will be speaking at venues in the cities. I look foreword to following along and learning more about the diversity of Islam in America.

I invite readers to follow along by visiting their blog. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Muslims and Islam. I assure you it will be a lot different that the jaundice hostile views we read about in the news media.

In the left hand margin of the blog you can link to some interesting entries in the previous year's web log. This will give you a taste of what this year's offering will be. I particularly enjoyed the visit to the oldest exiting mosque in the US in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the site of the first mosque in the US, in rural North Dakota. The styles and locations of mosques is often a surprise.

Here you will find a map of the cities to be visited this year.

Ramadan Mubarak

"May the spirit of Ramadan

illuminate the world and show us

the way to peace and harmony."


At 1:07 p.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

Perhaps these folks will open a few doors and a few eyes. The world needs to approach Islam objectively -- something which has not a happened since September 11th.

At 4:23 p.m., OpenID goodnightgram said...

Thanks for the link. It sounds like an ambitious journey, what with Alaska and Hawaii. SHould be interesing to follow.

At 7:32 a.m., Blogger possum said...

I have saved the link and will follow their journey. Here, in the Turkish community, it is called Ramazan. Even tho I do not fast as my health will not allow it, I do give up all desserts completely, and eat only what i must with my medicine. I will reread the Qu'ran this month. Class time is scheduled to allow for prayer times. No one sits and sips tea thru class. But, of course, Ramazan is much more than fasting.
No, I am not a muslim.

It hurts to know there is so much narrowmindedness in the world, so much blind hatred on all sides. We all lose when we hate.
Thanks for the opportunity to educate with this blog link. I hope your readers will take advantage of it.

At 6:04 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Thanks for the info. The more we can learn the better for all of us.


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