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Sunday, May 25, 2003

Easier to Practice Islam in Bombay Than Los Angeles?

Ubaid is back in Bombay, and in one sense life is getting easier for him. Though I must say things are looking pretty grim when he tells us that he finds it easier to be a muslim in India than in Los Angeles:

in my first few days back in bombay one thing i've noticed is how much easier it is to practice islam here than it is in los angeles. with the negative connotations the word jihad has today, it might be not wise to say this but i'm beginning to understand why they say practicing islam in the west is a continuous jihad. the basic meaning of that term is struggle and considering how difficult it is to reconcile the islamic and western indentities, struggle is exactly what being a muslim in the west is all about. more on this later.

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