Happy Valentine’s LIFE!

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It is said that February 14th originally became a lover’s holiday when the ancient Romans celebrated Lupercalia, an annual fertility festival. Circa 496 AD, the then Pope, Gelasius, declared February 14th to be St. Valentine’s Day, a Christian feast day. On St. Valentine’s Day in AD 1400, a court is opened in Paris. It’s a High Court of Love, dealing with affairs […]

Celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh {Holy Day Kids Craft}

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Celebrate the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh {Holy Day Kids Craft} This story first appeared on All Done Monkey. Scroll to the end for a video of my father singing a special holiday song! Do you know what we remember, on the twelfth day of November? If you were a Baha’i child growing up in the US in the […]

Ask a Muslim: New Web Series Promotes Understanding of a Misunderstood Religion

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Ask a Muslim: New Web Series Promotes Understanding of a Misunderstood Religion It starts with interfaith dialogue—the real, unstaged, not-necessisarily-PC kind. That’s what it takes to change public sentiment about Muslims. As it is, all the dialogue in intrafaith, non-Muslims talking to other non-Muslims about Muslims and Muslims talking to other Muslims about Muslims. The […]

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa

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This article is part of our Multicultural Holidays series.  You can submit your own story for publishing on Multicultural Familia via our submissions page here. How to Celebrate Kwanzaa – December 26 – January 1 Today begins the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa!  The cultural holiday, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, was established as the first African American […]

Celebrating Our First Hajj Day

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  The first time my children were involved in what is commonly referred to as Hajj Day, was about nine years ago.  My son was involved in a Sunday school type class at the mosque, and when the teacher told us that Hajj Day was coming, I had no idea what she meant.  Khaled didn’t […]

The American Muslim Project: Real Muslims Show Their Real Selves

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The Foundation of The American Muslim Project The American Muslim Project (AMP) is a website full of short videos, but they aren’t just any videos. They’re videos of Muslims, talking about, well, whatever they want.  No long dissertations on Muslim-American relations. No sermons. No speeches. Just casual talk about the things that make them tick. […]

Intro to Ramadan: What Makes an Iftar?

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Intro to Ramadan: What Makes an Iftar? One of the unique things about being Muslim in America is the huge diversity that exists within our community.  I attend a very small mosque in the Midwest (by small I mean less than 100 families).  Yet we have a United Nations of countries present; Egypt, Somalia, Sierra […]

What is Ramadan?

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The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on Monday, August 1st, 2011.  This holiday is a month long event commemorating the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (phuh – this abbreviation means peace be upon him and will often be found following the name of a Prophet when written in English- you may […]