Last 10 days of Ramadan – Learning Impulse Control and Accountability

I’ve been actively thinking about the last 10 days/nights of Ramadan and how I want to observe them. This is the time when the Prophet (pbuh) would push himself in worship and devotion, more than any other period during the year. I decided that along with focusing on my ibadaat and charitable deeds, now is the best time for me to renew my commitment to living well with mental illness. [Read more…]

How American Sunni/Shi’a Muslims Can Help Combat Political ‘Sectarianism’

As Muslims spend the month [of Ramadan] coming together, it is important to talk about the rift between Democrats and Republicans. And, as Muslims have learned from their mistakes in sectarianism, it is critical that America does not repeat the past. [Read more…]

If You Have Your Health, You Have the World

For it was in these Ramadan days that I found myself witnessing unabated human suffering in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the cancer wards. Though I had worked in these parts of the hospital before, Ramadan had encouraged a greater curiosity and sensitivity within me about the onslaught of death on life occurring daily in the rooms of my patients. It all became my intimate education on why good health is the marrow of life. [Read more…]

Not the Perfect Life, but a Reflection of Allah’s Perfect Plan

In her wheelchair, with her fidgety hands and distractible mind, I see eyes that hide the inner workings of a perfectly formed mind, as was the intention of the Creator. I see a heart full of anxiety and frustration and longing and motivation and love and sweetness and so much potential. While others may see a broken child, I see one who is whole and complete. [Read more…]

Seeking Forgiveness and Forgiving Oneself in Ramadan

To truly move forward in our lives and grow as believers we must learn to ask for forgiveness from Allah, ask ourselves for forgiveness and forgive ourselves completely. This is how we grow as believers and improve our spiritual states. [Read more…]

How Fasting Forces a Break from the Norm and Opens Our Eyes

No, fasting isn’t easy. It isn’t shiny and entertaining. It isn’t always comfortable or convenient. It requires self-restraint and resolve. But growth rarely follows periods of ease, and neon signs blind us from the stars. [Read more…]