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Eid Mubarak 2023

May you be richly blessed by your Ramadan fast and the many joys of Eid!

April 22, 2023 Posted by | Eid | Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak 2022

Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends! May your Eid be full of family and all the blessings of life. Peace be upon you!

May 1, 2022 Posted by | Cultural, Eid, Faith | Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak 2016

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Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends who have come through one of the hottest Ramadan’s ever, refined by God’s holy fire. I wish you peace, peace with your family, peace in your country, and peace on earth, good will towards all mankind.

July 7, 2016 Posted by | Cultural, Eid, Faith, Ramadan | Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak 2014

To all my Muslim friends, may your celebration be full of family and all good things with which God may bless you!

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July 28, 2014 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, Eid, Faith, Friends & Friendship | 4 Comments

When Is Eid Al Fitr 2014?

Today as I checked WeatherUnderground, I saw that the new moon is expected July 26th. However, when I checked, it says that Eid al Fitr will start around July 28.

Maybe even though the moon is new, it cannot be seen as early as the 26th?


Question: When is Eid Al-Fitr 2014?

Eid Al-Fitr is a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting which is one of the greatest religious observance in Islam. What is the date for Eid Al-Fitr in 2014?

Answer: Eid Al-Fitr is expected to be on or around July 28, 2014.

Note: The exact dates of Islamic holidays cannot be determined in advance, due to the nature of the Islamic lunar calendar. Estimates are based on expected visibility of the hilal (waxing crescent moon following a new moon) and may vary according to location.

July 14, 2014 Posted by | Eid, ExPat Life, Faith, Ramadan | Leave a comment

Eid al Adha on October 15

From The Peninsula – Qatar:

Eid Al Adha on October 15

Sunday, 06 October 2013
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court yesterday announced that today is the first day of Dhul-Hijja, 1434 Hijri. The court said in a statement carried by Saudi Press Agency SPA that standing at Mount Arafat will be on October 14 and thus the first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on October 15

Why, you ask, are you printing this when You live in Pensacola?

Today, at TJMaxx, the Saudi woman in front of me was talking with the Palestinian woman behind me in line – they were talking about sweets and special dishes they were preparing for Eid. I grinned to myself and thought for a few minutes I was back in Kuwait or Qatar or even Saudi Arabia. But no, as we exited, each woman headed for her own car, and the Saudi woman drove competently and confidently out the parking lot. Only thing is, they were thinking Eid is on the 17th. Maybe it is the 16th, here?

The Peninsula also states that sheep are at a reasonable price leading up to the great sacrifice. I wonder where people but sheep in Pensacola? I wonder if it is legal to butcher them in your driveway? I am imagining the horror on the neighbors’ faces were that to happen. I am sure there is a halal butcher in town who is very busy this week and next 🙂

This is the only shop I could find specializing in Halal meats, and it is in Tallahassee, a good two and a half to three hours down the road.

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Possibly Four Winds has halal meats:

Four Winds International Food Market
6895-F N 9th Av, Pensacola, FL 32504

October 7, 2013 Posted by | Eid, Pensacola | Leave a comment

When Is Ramadan 2014?


Forward planners alert! tells us the start date of Ramadan 2014 will depend on where you live. If you live in the US, it will start a day later than if you live in Asia or the Middle East.

If you want first crack at Ramadan reservations, major airline sales often start in October 🙂 Eid al Fitr will start either the 28th or 29th of July, depending also on where you live.

Eid al Adha will be the 4th or 5th of October.

Ramadan in 2014 will start on Saturday, the 28th of June and will continue for 30 days until Sunday, the 27th of July.

Based on sightability in North America, in 2014 Ramadan will start in North America a day later – on Sunday, the 29th of June.

Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Ramadan on the sunset of Friday, the 27th of June.

Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

The dates provided here are based on the dates adopted by the Fiqh Council of North America for the celebration of Ramadan. Note that these dates are based on astronomical calculations to affirm each date, and not on the actual sighting of the moon with the naked eyes. This approach is accepted by many, but is still being hotly debated.

September 10, 2013 Posted by | Eid, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Ramadan | Leave a comment

Dubai’s Weight Loss Challenge: 1 Gram Gold Per Kilo Lost

AdventureMan called as I was booting up the laptop. “Did you hear that?” he exclaimed!
“I’m booting up now,” I laughed.
“What an opportunity for a scam!” he continued.
“Yes, like who does the official weigh in? Can they tell Fatma from Jamila in their abayas and niqab? Does this apply only to Emiratis, or also to guest-workers? Can they tell one laborer from another as they exchange cards?
In truth, paying people to lose weight works. I don’t know how well people are able to keep the weight off; that is always the big problem, no matter what the diet plan. Unless you commit to long term changes in the way you think about food and life-style activities, the weight is hard to keep off long term. But BIG BRAVO to Dubai for this inventive and bold challenge. 🙂

From Arab News


Thursday 18 July 2013

Last Update 18 July 2013 2:26 am

Need some motivation to cut that flab? If you live in Dubai, you can win gold to do just that. A new campaign “You are Worth … Your Weight in Gold” is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle and achieving optimal body weight. The contest is open for public. 

The winner will be the one who loses maximum weight during the program period of 30 days from its inception on Friday this week. The top three winners will get a gold coin equivalent to AED 20,000. Other participants will get a gram of gold for each kilo reduced from their body weight. However, the minimum weight to lose for the eligibility is two kilograms.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Dubai Municipality officials said the winners will get two grams of gold if they could reduce at least two kilograms within one month. 

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the initiative comes after the grand success of ‘Yallah Walk’ campaign launched in 2011.

“It is also aimed at introducing walking tracks in different parks in the city of Dubai. Walking is an easy and economic way to stay fit and healthy. The municipality has provided residents with safe and accessible walking tracks in urban and rural areas,’ Lootah said.

“Currently Dubai has a total of 91 places where one can practice sport activities. These include residential parks, public parks, jogging track and beaches. In addition to this, every year the civic body opens new parks in more areas and adds sports equipments and tools for the public to promote a healthy community, he said. 

“Ramadan is the most appropriate season to launch such initiatives as it reminds us about many health benefits of reducing weight and encourages us to take strong steps to change our bad lifestyles,’ he added. 

The weight of each participant will be measured during registration and at the end of program. Participants can register at the event sites any day during the period. Participants must have excess weight to reduce and stay away from unhealthy methods to lose weight.

The final weight will be measured after the Eid holidays on Aug. 16.

Ahmed bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), said the DMCC is proud to support this health awareness drive to encourage society to change their daily routines in return for a healthier lifestyle.

‘We would highly encourage everyone from all walks of life to take part in this great initiative and hope DMCC’s contribution of AED 100,000 worth of gold coins will help motivate individuals reach the final target of improving and sustaining a healthy lifestyle and consequently a better quality of life,’ he said.

“I am sure Dubai can be the role model and astonish the world by its innovative ideas and initiatives,” said Anil Dhanak, general manager of Dubai Gold & Jewelry Group.”

July 19, 2013 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Cross Cultural, Cultural, Diet / Weight Loss, Eid, ExPat Life, Food, Fund Raising, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Ramadan | , , | 1 Comment

Eid Mubarak! Blessings of Eid 2012

There is one God, and he created us all. May your worship draw you close to God, and may his blessings abound for you and for your families.

October 26, 2012 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cross Cultural, Eid, Faith, Spiritual | 2 Comments

Eid Mubarak Statistic

In just half a day, I have a full day’s statistics, LOL, thanks to the Eid al Adha, the big Eid coming up this Friday, October 26th. In the six years I have managed this blog, I’ve sent out many Eid Mubarak messages, and now they are coming back to me, at least statistically:

October 24, 2012 Posted by | Eid, Statistics, Technical Issue | Leave a comment