Category: CULTURE

The Islamic Centers Scoop: Five Customs That Are Unique To Dearborn Mosques

Dearborn, Michigan is home to highest concentration of Arabs outside of the Middle East, as well as the greatest number of Islamic institutions in the Western world. These centers and organizations have been invaluable in serving the Muslim community and in keeping Islamic traditions alive and active. Muslims throughout the Americas and Europe have envied ...

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The LA-AH Scoop: The Many Ways To Say “No” In Dearborn

No means no! We all know that. But “yes” can also mean no. So can “maybe”. So can “inshallah”. So can “of course! I’ll be there!” Outsiders, I’m sure you’re confused. But Dearborners know exactly what I’m talking about. In a word, there are so many ways to say “no” in Dearborn that we’ve forgotten ...

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” Beirut, I Love You ” booktrailer for Zena el Khalil

Beirut I Love You is Zena el Khalil’s rollicking yet tender memoir about living in a city that thrives on contrasts and contradictions. This is the story of Zena, a young woman who has fallen under the spell of a city that threatens to engulf her in war, grief and love affairs. In the streets armed militias ...

The Death Camp Scoop: Confessions Of An Arabic School Survivor

Previously, I touched upon the horrific institution of Arabic School as a last resort for parents who want to discipline their kids. Of course, that is an exaggeration. Arabic School is not meant to punish kids. It’s meant to serve a number of far greater purposes, such as language education, cultural awareness, and religious foundation. ...

The Slipper Scoop: Whoopin’ Dearborn Style!

Let’s face it, folks. There’s nothing like a good beating to really counter a child’s misbehavior. Yes, we know that it’s the 21st century now and ‘hugs not drugs’ and all that crap… but dissenters of this argument better have a really good explanation for why kids today are so outrageously arrogant, self-centered, and disrespectful. ...

Harlem Shakes in Dearborn and Some Arabic Ones!

University of Michigan - Dearborn: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor: Wayne State University: Detroit Family: Hilbury Theater: Arab Edition: Another: Saudi: Iraqi Style: Egypt Style: But they got arrested!: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/students-arrested-for-harlem-shake-egypt_n_2748697.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

The Hour Scoop: A Breakdown Of Dearborn’s ‘Arabic Time’

“Er-a-beek time. ER-A-BEEK time! ER-A-BEEK ER-A-BEEK ER-A-BEEK Time!” Dearborners of the 90’s will recall this funny little tune from the evening lineup of the Arabic television station “Sada El Arab”, which was, until the advent of Internet and satellite TV, Dearborn’s only link to the Arab world. But Arabic Time isn’t just a childhood memory; ...

The WAILI Scoop: How To Fit In At A Dearborn Funeral

Some day, my dear outsiders, you may have to pay your respects to Dearborn’s deceased. Dearborners are very dutiful in paying respects. Some can be so dutiful that it becomes a regular part of their Sunday afternoons. But it’s inspiring to see that this community has held on to that basic tenet of mutual respect. ...

The Burger Scoop: The Five Tastiest Halal Burgers In Town

Now, I’m no food critic, folks. I know nothing about the technicalities of burger-making, and my culinary expertise is limited to peeling an orange and flipping an egg …clumsily! But I do know one thing: I know a darn good burger when I taste one! And when Dearborners are out and about in search of ...

Is Dearborn A City or A Settlement?

What makes a city a city and not a settlement?! A bunch of people living in houses in a large place makes a settlement. In order for a settlement to become a city, things need to happen. A city is where humans build a network of services, activities, and relationships, paint it with culture, literature, ...

Quasimodo… you have nothing to worry about!…..

Years ago, on a cold snowy winter day, I recall randomly walking into a remote café, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, punch drunken by overwhelm and struck by emotion. I saw her, and she was beautiful. I made one mistake though ... I did not pay attention to where I was. Unlike James Blunt ...

City Coffee House … 10 Min Away

Living in Dearborn, is being 10 minutes away from many places, and 20 minutes away from even more interesting places. Don't forget that we live in the 13th largest Metropolitan area in North America, and 11th Largest in America. [Source] Well 10 minutes driving south on Southfield freeway will get you to Allen Park City ...

The Wedding Scoop: The Exclusive Rules of the Dearborn Wedding

I attended (yet another) Dearborn wedding last weekend, and in the process realized just how wildly unique these occasions truly are. Over the years, the Dearborn wedding culture has evolved into a beast of its own. Blending Middle Eastern and Arab-American traditions, Dearborn weddings have become a hashed hodge-podge of extravagant tedium. (Dearborners may find ...

Judge strongly tells attorney he can’t join halal class-action lawsuit

Press and Guide reported: By Joe Slezak Press & Guide Newspapers Twitter: @joeslezak1 She ordered Moughni to turn over a list of those who posted statements about the case, those who “liked” his post and all information in each response, including names and contact information. Macdonald also said she reserves the right to refer Moughni ...

Flip The Pages of Life

In life, we have to flip the pages, and sometimes we have to end a chapter and start a new chapter. The ability to do that is important to survive mentally. If you are not flipping pages or starting new chapters every once a while, then you are not moving .... You are staring at ...

Why Lebanese Love Their Raw Kibbeh And Where To Try It in Dearborn, Michigan

MAUREEN ABOOD wrote in NPR: Growing up, I never knew I was eating raw meat. Or maybe it was just that I didn't think "raw" was something worth noting. I simply knew that kibbeh nayeh was incredibly good. And so I was stunned by a recent spate of salmonella cases here in Michigan – home ...

Diary of a Dearborn Insider

Here are five reasons why living in Dearborn for as long as I have (going on 25 years) can become unbearable: Congested residential streets. Crazy driving and double-parked cars. Hawked-out cafes and the Hookah Epidemic. The stifling surplus of gas stations, barber shops, grocery stores, and halal meat markets. The WEDDINGS! …You know the rest. ...

Not So Fast: Dearborn Attorney Challenges McDonald’s Halal Lawsuit Agreement

Deadline Detroit reported the following: Some Muslims in Metro Detroit are dissatisfied with a proposed lawsuit settlement by McDonald's in a case involving mislabeled food, Niraj Warikoo reports in the Free Press. They're contesting how money will be divided from a tentative $700,000 settlement over complaints that a Dearborn location sold non-halal chicken advertised as ...

Ramadan, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Ramadan.... A lunar month of fasting for Muslims from dawn to sun set...or 20 minutes after sun set! Fasting from what? Well, basically, eating, drinking, fucking, jerking off.... But if you want to hear the whole list... Here some more: Also Fasting from making up shit that God or His Prophets didn't say And fasting ...