“Raggamuslim”- [rāg’a-mŏŏs’lem]-n.- term coined to describe an observant Muslim with a distinctive “organic”/simple lifestyle. They are usually characterized by colourful, scarves and hand-knitted headgear; second-hand clothing; and infectious smiles. They can oftentimes be seen at places that range from mosques to local health food stores to used book stores to thrift stores. They can usually be found reading books on various subjects which include but is not limited to: Qur’an, Islamic jurisprudence, biographies, political theory (Islamic and Non), wholistic health, environmentalism, history, and cookbooks.
Typically, raggamuslims are strict vegetarians. This means that they refrain from animal products (ie. flesh, dairy, eggs, and their derivatives). They are often chided and jeered for their diet choice by phrases like “Why don’t you eat no meat? The Prophet (as) ate meat!” but they tend to find solace knowing that fadila (virtue) is earned moreso by HOW MUCH one eats.
They are zealous when it comes to the sunnah; especially sunnah (prophetic precedence) actions that connect them to nature. For example, many prefer: eating with the hand as opposed to silverware; eating, sitting, and sleeping on the floor; wearing scented musk oils; “buruuj“– utilizing the sun/moon to determine prayer times and holidays as opposed to calculated charts; and prostrating on the earth or something that grows from the earth. Even though they attempt to do the aforementioned actions, they tend not to judge their fellow believers for doing otherwise.
If one wanted to snare a raggamuslim, one can easily do so with vegetarian Indian, Caribbean, or Middle Eastern food. They also seemed to be attracted to cheesy zombie flicks, classical teaching-shaykhs, tofu, and vegan ice-cream sandwiches.
Raggamuslims are generally amicable creatures; however, there may be those that don’t like their presence. For those individuals, it may be helpful to know that raggamuslims can be warded off by: suits and ties, self-righteousness, X-mas Carols, “Southern” restaurants, and mediocrity.