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#MyRamadanIs – Facilitating Safe Spaces to Share Ramadan Feelings & Struggles

12 June, 2018 - 18:04
This is Day 28 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. “How’s your Ramadan going?” These four words form the question of the month that can be heard within most Muslim homes and community spaces. It’s an innocuous question, perhaps even seen as compassionate and empathetic. However, along with this question there comes an acceptable set […]

A Ramadan Consumed — Worry, Needs and Service to Family & Humanity

11 June, 2018 - 20:46
This is Day 27 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers #Ramadan series. This Ramadan, I am consumed. Consumed by the need I see all across the world. Consumed by my responsibility to ensure that critical relief and assistance is delivered to the vulnerable and poverty-stricken individuals both at home and abroad. And, consumed by the personal challenges […]

Ramadan is an Opportunity in Culinary Diplomacy

9 June, 2018 - 19:38
The first time I fasted in Ramadan I wasn’t a Muslim; I was a curious young woman who had recently experienced a very short but very impactful trip to Morocco during the blessed month a few years earlier. I learned that the Islamic way of fasting was quite different — detailed and comprehensive — in […]

How Fasting Connects Us All – Remembering the Past

9 June, 2018 - 04:00
This is day 24 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. Assalamu’Allaykum, Ramadan is a time of reflection and connecting with Allah (swt). However, through fasting we are not just connecting with Allah (swt); we are also linked to everyone that has fasted before us. In the Quran, Allah (swt) tells us “O you who believe! […]

The Pursuit of Stillness in Ramadan, in Life

7 June, 2018 - 22:41
This is day 23 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. Ramadan, as my husband says, is a time to “get right.” It is when we are meant to turn down the din of the world, quiet the chatter in our minds, listen to our heartbeats. Much is made of our fasting, the abstention of all […]

A Tale of Two Iftars

6 June, 2018 - 23:33
The White House and other government agencies have held Ramadan iftar dinners for decades, but Trump’s version will flip the previous model on its head. Many Americans don’t realize that for a few decades now, the White House, State Department and other government institutions have regularly held Ramadan iftar dinners — fast-breaking meals for Muslims […]

To Know Oneself is to Know God

6 June, 2018 - 19:35
This is Day 22 of the #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. A quarter of the world’s population, or around 1.8 billion Muslims around the world, are currently in a time of Ramadan. In Ramadan, we’re fasting during the day from sun up to sun down. In Chicago where I live, this means that from around 3:45 a.m. […]

Carpe Meam – Seize the Soul in Ramadan and Beyond

6 June, 2018 - 00:18
This is Day 21 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. Sometimes I find myself missing the ways I used to love and know God as a child. Things were simple back then; I was innocent, young and so acutely aware of Allah that I felt it in my bones. Other times, I find myself banking […]

Nurturing Intimacy During Ramadan

4 June, 2018 - 21:26
This is Day 20 of the 2018 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series. The holy month is a time for deepening the greatest of all love affairs It’s well after midnight and burning candles flicker in my dimly lit living room. Music hums quietly in the background. A love song carried through the vibrating cry of the reed […]