Eid Mubarak CHUP readers! It is a very somber holiday this year, with millions suffering in Pakistan from the devastating floods. On this occasion, when many of us are with family, eating incredible meals and wearing new clothes, please remember the many families who aren’t as lucky. Therefore, in the spirit of Eid, please donate and continue to spread awareness about the disaster, (our campaign Relief4Pakistan, has raised nearly $133,000 by leveraging grassroots donations, but donate to whomever and wherever you feel the most comfortable, here’s my past list).
Also, in positive news, many congratulations to Pakistani tennis player Aisam Qureshi who came in 2nd place in the U.S. Open finals with his Indian partner Rohan Bopanna. The two may not have won, but their slogan, “Stop War Start Tennis” truly inspired supporters on both sides of the Indo-Pak border. You both did us proud!
Finally, a link to 30 Mosques in 30 Days, the journey undertaken by Bassam Tariq and Aman Ali to experience Ramadan in 30 mosques in 30 different states in America. A truly inspiring adventure, one that has garnered a lot of news attention and focused the spotlight on the wonderful diversity of the Muslim community in the United States, (Al Jazeera has a great piece on them here). I interviewed the pair last year, when they visited 30 mosques in New York City, and am so proud to see where they’ve taken their initiative this year.