Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Year 3: Prologue

The great debate raging in the Muslim community this year is whether The Dark Knight Rises opens on the 30th day of Shaban or the 1st day of Ramadan.  This tiny detail has far-reaching implications for many Muslims in America.  Those who abstain from frivolous entertainment during this holiest of months are are in for a tense Thursday night.  Pre-ordered movie tickets clutched in their hands, they will nervously check their iPhones for updates, praying that some party-pooper in Hawaii or Alaska doesn't see the new moon.

You see, there are two kinds of Muslims these days: moonsighters and calculators.  To a calculator, hearing a moonsighter wonder when Ramadan will begin is like hearing a tourist ask a Disneyland employee what time the 3:00 parade is.  The calculator, of course, has already informed his boss that he won't be in to work on August 8, 2013 because of Eid.

The practice of calculations has allowed some to determine that the first night of Ramadan will be on Batman Day Eve.  And yes, it will be the night I relaunch 30 Mosques in 30 Nights.  I've already been around the block a couple times, but there's so much more to see, and even more to revisit.  I promise to visit with an open mind, and ask that you welcome me with open arms.


  1. Assalamu Alaikum,

    Loved this blog last year, looking forward to it this year as part of my required Ramadan reading. Have a blessed and productive Ramadan!

    Wa alaikum as salam