Muslim Democrats Pledge to Turn Texas Blue

More than 200 Democrats of all ethnicities and religions came together Thursday night at Maverick Plaza in La Villita for an iftar, a meal that is typically served after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan, hosted by the Muslim Democratic Caucus of Texas to kick off the 2016 Texas Democratic Convention.

Whirling Dervishes Invoke Mystic Sufi Poet

Dance, when you’re broken open
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off
Dance in the middle of the fighting
Dance in your blood
Dance, when you’re perfectly free

– Jalaluddin Rumi

A great sense of peace and openness flowed throughout the Whitley Theological Center at the Oblate School of Theology as Professor Mehmet Oguz, regional director of the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, introduced the evening’s events with a tribute donning the traditional Mevlevi Sufi attire honoring 13th century mystic poet Jalaluddin Rumi and the night’s featured event – the Whirling Dervishes of Konya, Turkey.

The Islamic Center of San Antonio. Courtesy photo.

Your Muslim Neighbor

A quarter of a century ago, the entire Muslim community of San Antonio would have fit into the small space of a cleared-out corner store for Eid, the celebratory community prayer at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.