Welcome to the first ever Carnival of Islam in the West, a monthly carnival by Muslims largely for Muslims, though not exclusively so. As this is the first outing for this carnival, I will write a little about its history, aims and objectives before presenting the entries.
History The Carnival of Islam in the West was the creation of Abu Sahajj, an American Muslim who blogs at Wa Salaam. He spent considerable time and effort promoting this carnival and has created a resource page for this carnival. May God reward his efforts and good intentions.
Aims and Objectives This carnival is, in the first instance, an effort to allow Muslims in the West to express what
life is like for Muslims living in the West. This carnival is meant to be a voice for Muslims in the West, a
significant part of the greater ummah. Because not only do most
Westerners not know what is really going on in the Middle East, but
many do not know that there Muslims in the West. Entries from those who are not Muslims are also welcome.
In fact as we know there is a large and significant population of
Muslims in the West. A population of educated and viable Muslims living
and raising families on solid and healthy Islamic values in
The carnival is a also great way to bring together Muslims
and strengthen the ummah from every corner of the world whilst concentrating on the West. The aim is to grow from there, inshaallah.
The deadline is this Friday 1st September. Although the official rules state 12pm EST, that means nothing to me here near the Greenwich meridian, so I'll accept submissions until 12pm GMT (that's 1pm BST Britishers). The Carnival will then be posted on the following Friday in accordance with the rules.
Please don't forget that submissions are still being accepted for The Carnival of Islam in the West, a new blogging carnival started by Abu Sahajj of Wa Salaam. Check his blog for more details, and email him if you wish to host the carnival. He is scheduling the hosts for the rest of this year and most of 2007.
"[T]his carnival is an effort to allow Muslims in the West to express what life is like for Muslims living in the West. It doesn’t matter if you are a US, Canadian or British national, if you are a Muslim living in the West, you fit the criteria and people want to hear your story[.]"
Check his blog for more details, and email him if you wish to host the carnival. He is scheduling the hosts for the rest of this year and most of 2007.