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October 4, 2007 |
Hi Mr. Keillor,
I am a Muslim on the Prairie and have been enjoying your show for almost 10 years now. Last year, you wished all your Jewish listeners a happy Rosh Hashanah and I was waiting and waiting for you to wish my community a Happy Ramadan (or Ramadan Mubarak, even), because the first day of Ramadan was the same day as Rosh Hashanah (as it was also this year) but the salutations never came! Mr. Keillor, Garrison, Sir, you have to know that you have a great Muslim American following! My cousin, who grew up in Pakistan, and his wife, who grew up in Malaysia, are HUGE fans. They keep talking about coming to the Twin Cities so they can see your show live. One of their daughter's first phrases was "hairie home chompanion"!
Anyway, I would LOVE it if you would wish your Muslim listeners Eid Mubarak, or Happy Eid, on your October 13th show, which coincidentally, is Eid the holiday celebrating the end of the month of Ramadan.
Your Muslim fan on the Prairie,
Ignorance, my good man, is no excuse but it is the only one I have I didn't know it was also the beginning of Ramadan on Rosh Hashanah. But now I know that October 13 is the end of Ramadan, and so I will send out proper salutations. Perhaps you can suggest the proper tone we should strike joyful, I assume and maybe we'd even find someone to sing the Powdermilk Biscuit theme in Arabic We have a Christian host and a Jewish music director with strong Hindu leanings and we'd be happy to whoop it up for Eid. Bang on a pan or dance or do whatever needs to be done.