Upcoming Project in the Bay Area

Sanaa Subhani, an activist in the Bay Area, is starting up a sports tournament to help a gravely lacking cohesive Muslim community in the area. There are rumors of the Muslim youth group Generation M being revived again and helping out with the project. There are also tentative plans for the venture eventually becoming a branch of MIST. [Previously written about here.]

If you are interested in volunteering or in helping fund this project you can email Sanaa at methysanu@hotmail.com.

Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders, first major Pakistani Muslim American play

I have heard great things about this play, The Domestic Crusaders, that debuted in the San Fransisco Bay Area. It’s two-act play about a Pakistani Muslim American family. [Think a Pakistani Muslim Raisin in the Sun]. Facebook group here.

Please join “FODC” for social networking/fundraiser events in the DC area with Wajahat Ali – author of the first major Muslim-American play “The Domestic Crusaders” . He will be in the DC area on March 27, 28 and 29.

The play is opening in September at the acclaimed Off-Broadway Theater, The Nuyorican Cafe in New York City.

Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter is supporting the play and said, “The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I’ll be supporting this all the way – please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge! … I’ll pledge too.”— Emma Thompson

DC Area event listing:

March 27 – 9:00 pm onwards – Chi-Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW # 100, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400. To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-chicha-mar27

March 28 – 6:30-10:30 pm (dinner) – Shamshiry, 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Tyson’s Corner, VA (www.shamshiry.com and 703-448-8883). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-va-sh-mar28

March 29 – 5-7 pm – Busboys and Poets (14th and V), 2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC (www.busboysandpoets.com and 202-387-7638). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-bb-mar29

Domestic Crusaders

Domestic Crusaders

If you can attend the DC events – please RSVP to dcindc2009@gmail.com with ‘Chi Cha’, ‘Shamshiry’, ‘Busboys’ in the subject line to indicate which event you will attend and include your name, email and tel #.

If you can’t attend the DC events, but would like to know more or to meet Wajahat, please email dcindc2009@gmail.com.

Please donate at the events or online at http://www.domesticcrusaders.com to support this fundraising effort! All donations are tax deductible and made to the Before Columbus Foundation (Tax ID: 94-2534340).

Thanks –
Friends of Domestic Crusaders

More about Wajahat…..
Is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim.com, an online magazine; and a contributing editor to Illume Magazine. He was instrumental in the “Call for Swift Action Against Domestic Violence” in February 2009. He is also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Counterpunch and Chowk. His first movie, “Ms. Judgments,” was a finalist for the prestigious LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. His first short story, “Ramadan Blues,” was published in January 2009 in the anthology “Pow Wow” published by Perseus/De Capo Press . Also, his blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground”  is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated “Great” by blogged.com.

Iranian B-boys[?] Movie

breakdancing

breakdancing

Whoa, I’ve heard of French B-boys, Korean B-boys–but Iranian? Awesome.

For those of you who don’t know what a B[eat]-boy or B-girl it’s a person who immerses themself into hip hop and more specifically breakdancing.

The movie is called Warring Factions. Check out the official trailer:

“As forces in American government and media have fueled the perception of an unavoidable war with Iran, Warring Factions is a call to (dis)arms. An American-born Iranian breakdancer finds cultural awakening by exploring his multi-ethnic roots. Faced with dual nationality in two conflicting countries, he travels to Iran to examine the political issues first-hand while exploring his cultural identity with a group of Iranian b-boys. By combining documentary and studio reenactments, Warring Factions looks at the blurring of world borders, and the looming threat of another war in the Middle East.”

There seems to be two screenings currently, one in New York and another in DC:

New York:

Host: Islamic Center at NYU
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Furman Hall, room 214
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY

DC:

Host: 20,000 Dialogues
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:30pm – 9:30pm

Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC

Hijabi Norhan Basuni on the Tyra Banks Show

Norhan Basuni, a hijabi, inshAllah will be on the Tyra Banks Show on March 23, 2009 this Monday at 5:00pm. It varies on different stations. The Show is about Racial Perception. Not only is she speaking about being a Muslim, she is speaking about being an minority as well.

You can watch the promo here.

I don’t watch TV, nor do I own one– so if someone could update me on this, that would be great.

Obama’s Inspiring Norouz Message to Iran

Oh snap! MashAllah, he tries to speak Farsi at the and it’s raaaaaaaaaddd.
*intelligent grabber*

Let’s take a step back: Norouz is a pre-Islamic New Year holiday, and literally means “New Day” in Farsi. It’s the first day 0f the vernal equinox (aka Spring). Norouz is a time for new clothes, family visits and fires – which some people jump over to banish darkness. Because of such superstitions most Imams (even the religious authority in Iran) have a problem with this holiday.

It’s basically celebrated where ever people speak Farsi (the most of the -Stans and Iran). Celebrations include from Afghan horsemen playing the traditional game of Buzkashi, political significance to the Kurds vying for a nation, festivals in Uzbekistan and even the display of the seven things starting with the letter “s” which represents life .

Now back to Obama:

Looking for a Muslim roommate?

Ever wish you could make such demands?

I am looking for a FEMALE roommate to share an apt with in the South Bay area. I am looking to pay around 500-600 for rent.
I am a student at SJSU and in my last year. I need someone who doesn’t smoke, drink, do drugs, eat pork, have lots of overnight guests, etc. – basically no party animals plus these things not good for your health anyway. I go to school full time and work almost full time so I am not home a lot – but when I am home, I want to relax so someone stress-free and no drama is ideal 🙂

Well I found this post on mymuslimroommate.com prefect for those of us who are students or just looking for a roommate with a similar lifestyle; it’s a site long overdue. InshAllah blessing on the people who came up with such a rad idea!

The “duh” Factor: If the Pope and Israeli soldiers say it then it’s official

A friend of mine Subhan had a link posted from The Times Online:

From
March 20, 2009

Israeli soldiers admit to deliberate killing of Gaza civilians

The Israeli army has been forced to open an investigation into the conduct of its troops in Gaza after damning testimony from its own front line soldiers revealed the killing of civilians and rules of engagement so lax that one combatant said that they amounted on occasion to “cold-blooded murder”.

The revelations, compiled by the head of an Israel military academy who declared that he was “shocked” at the findings, come as international rights groups are calling for independent inquiries into the conduct of both sides in the three-week Israeli offensive against Palestinian Islamists.

The soldiers’ testimonies include accounts of an unarmed old woman being shot at a distance of 100 yards, a woman and her two children being killed after Israeli soldiers ordered them from their house into the line of fire of a sniper and soldiers clearing houses by shooting anyone they encountered on sight.

“That’s the beauty of Gaza. You see a man walking, he doesn’t have to have a weapon, and you can shoot him,” one soldier told Danny Zamir, the head of the Rabin pre-military academy, who asked him why a company commander ordered an elderly woman to be shot.

“I gathered the graduate students of the course who fought in Gaza, to hear their impressions from the fighting. I wasn’t prepared for any of the stuff I heard there. I was shocked,” Mr Zamir said. “I think that the writing was on the wall, but we just didn’t want to see it, we didn’t want to face it.”

You can read the rest here.

As my [former Israeli] mother [turned Muslim] said: “duh.”

me: “but now it’s official.”

mom: “… that’s like the nazis admitting to concentration camps… duh.”

Interestingly in the same article it talked of “military rabbis in distributing booklets that framed the fighting as a religious war”. Extremism breeds extremism. [duh]

While the Pope says:

YAOUNDE, Cameroon – Religion must reject violence, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders Thursday before celebrating an open-air Mass in front of thousands and delivering a message of hope for Africa’s expanding, vibrant Catholic flock.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5939611.ece

Some thing that should be the “duh” factor, but isn’t:

The Beautiful Truth: A doc everyone should watch

The Beautiful Truth: A doc everyone should watch

http://www.thebeautifultruthmovie.com/