Today the beginning of Ramadan falls on the fifth of May. This may send shivers across the Intersectionality world, but I am not a part of that world. My Intersectionality Score is zero. But I noticed the calendar, and went looking to see what to expect for Ramadan. Sure enough, I found a recent kid’s program from an American madrassa. The Umma Day program was really interesting, and will just make your day for the first day of Ramadan. Here is a little blurb about the kids’ program at the Muslim American Society Islamic Center of Philadelphia:
young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: “Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us… Take us, oh ships… until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones… Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!” A young girl read a poem praising martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and she asked: “Will [Jerusalem] be a hotbed for cowards?” Another young girl read: “We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies… We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque… We will subject them to eternal torture.”
Just a day in the multicultural life of the City of Brotherly Love.