By Rose Kelleher
BELGIUM. “At sunset, when my kids said to me ‘ I want to eat this and that’ I said ‘No. We are going to have soup.” Nadia Hachim is tired. But that’s okay. It’s all in the name of God. The past month she has been fasting, reflecting and avoiding excesses, particularly culinary ones. Since August 11, Brussels Muslims have put down their forks during the daylight hours, and lived a simpler and more careful existence.
*Ramadan was celebrated almost three weeks ago. The following story shows how it went down in Belgium.
By Marina Ferhatovic
OPINION. Today is one of the most exciting days in Swedish politics: we are going to polls to elect our new (or the same) government. But the biggest buzz has not been about which party or which block will collect the most votes, but whether Sweden Democrats (SD), an extreme right-wing party with controversial views on immigration, will make it to the national parliament*. Surprisingly, I have recently discovered that I might have a lot in common with one of their key representatives.
*Sweden Democrats secured 5,7 percent of the vote and 20 of the seats in the Parliament.
Protest against Ground Zero mosque project @Aylin Yazan
By Aylin Yazan
New York. In the last months the discussion around Islam in the U.S. has become more heated as never before. The main reason for the new controversy is the now famous planned Islamic center, close to once World Trade Center in New York, which was hit in 2001 by the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001 and is now known under the name of Ground Zero. Continue reading
watch how they make Zalabia @soumia
By Soumia Alloui
Algeria. EMAJ Magazine visits the city of Boufariq in Algeria trying to unveil the secret of the delicious Zalabia .. Watch the video by clicking on this post. Continue reading
By Elif Kayi
Opinion. In the past week weeks EMAJ Magazine has tried to present various aspects of Ramadan: Personal experiences, economic and social trends, cultural specificities. EMAJ published i.e. the testimony of a young Egyptian who declared being revolted by the “consumption excesses” during the period of Ramadan nowadays. We also read about the difficulties for Muslims in Western countries to observe the fasting and find halal products. Continue reading
Halal food restaurant @Hanan Solayman
By Hanan Solayman
“Now I know how it feels like to be a minority”, I thought to myself in the very first days of Ramadan. I was spending Muslims’ holiest month fasting when people are eating and I’ve been eating when everybody else is done. Continue reading
El Zalabia: An Algerian passion, @picasaweb license
By Soumia Alloui
Algeria. If you visit the city of Boufariq (40 Km western of Algiers the capital) and you do see long queues of fasting Algerians stand under the sun rays waiting for their turn to buy something made in secret,don’t be surprised! .. They want their share of “El Zalabia”. Continue reading
The Monks of Tibhirine @mondial-infos.fr
By Elif Kayi
Cinema. In the night between March 26th and 27th 1996 an armed group kidnapped seven French Cistercian monks living in the monastery of Tibhirine, in the mountains of the Algerian Atlas. Two months later, after unsuccessful negotiations with the French government, the GIA (Armed Islamic Group) announced through a Moroccan radio station the murder of the monks. Their heads were found on May 30th close to the city of Medea. But their bodies remained missing. Continue reading