Ramadan Kareem 1429

Today marks the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, 1429.  I wish all those who are muslim and following my blog sincere Ramadan Greetings.  And whether muslim or not, this is a good time for all of us to reflect on who we are, how we live, how we wish to be perceived and especially, how do we treat those who are less fortunate and suffering.


Ramadan is always a time of reflection for me to take stock of myself and my life.  It is also a time to remember the true spirit and meaning of Ramadan.  It is NOT the time to change the days into night and night into days.  It is not the time to troll the malls after the fast has been broken.  It is however the time to remember the teachings and examples of the Prophet (PBUH).


This is also the opportunity for the muslim readers to share what Ramadan means to them.  How do muslim readers from different nationalities and locations celebrate Ramadan?  What is most special about Ramadan for you?  And for those who are not muslim, this is an opportunity for you to ask your questions about Ramadan.


Ramadan Kareem to one and all!


What do the Muttawa Think About in Saudi Arabia?

Since the Muttawa are employed by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, I am becoming convinced that as a result, many of them are in fact obsessed with S-E-X.  Think about it, their job is to go out strolling in pairs and looking for couples who do not look as if they “fit right” together so they can be challenged to show their papers proving their relationship or looking for women whose abayas may be perceived as too short or showing too much hair in spite of wearing a hijjab.  They also are tolerated for thinking of activities that could be perceived as provocative and attracting attention of the opposite sex such as an individual walking a dog (or cat) in the hopes of meeting others…. Gee, I always heard that a man with a baby was a good “babe” magnet as well…. The muttawa better keep an eye out for them too.  The man may actually be in the market for a second wife and using his child as bait, huh?

Seriously, how many of you know of happy or positive muttawa stories?  When has the muttawa been a help and not a hindrance?  What is the typical background of a muttawa?  What kind of training do they need to complete before being a certified muttawa?  And can you imagine if some computer-literate muttawa were turned loose on the internet?  Heaven forbid, the networks would be shut down!


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