When Online Muslim Friends Provide Love and Community – A Convert’s Ramadan Story

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This is Day Seven of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Sarah Ager I broke my first ever Ramadan fast with a beer. I said my shahada (profession of faith as a Muslim) over Skype. My first hijab was a beach sarong. And before I had the Arabic pegged, I used to substitute the unlearned [Read More...]

Clearing the Ramadan Mirror to Find Our Spiritual Clarity

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This is Day Six of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Omer M. Mozaffar When you look in a mirror, do you first glance at your perfections or your flaws? In public, we show not our full selves, but a few gestures. At work, we show our colleagues a glimpse of our personalities, especially when [Read More...]

Heartbreak, Detachment and Hope in Ramadan – Foregoing Community for Authentic Relationships

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This is Day Five of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Margari Hill I came home from a community iftar on Saturday and tweeted this: When asked what happened, I answered, “I’m breaking up with my community.” Anybody who has been through a divorce can tell you that ending a relationship can be a long [Read More...]

Longing for Mercy and the Comfort of Suhoor in Ramadan

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This is Day Four of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Ambata Kazi-Nance I took my shahada (declaration of faith as a Muslim) on October 30, 2001, just two weeks before the start of Ramadan. My Muslim friends were concerned for me, asking me repeatedly if I was ready for the long fasting days ahead and [Read More...]

The First Ten Days of Ramadan – The Days of Mercy

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  This is Day Three of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Arzu Kaya-Uranli If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire. The fog clears, and a new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you. – Mevlana Jalaluddin [Read More...]

Ramadan, Charleston and the Serenity within the Storm

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By Zainab Chaudry This is Day Two of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Ramadan is upon us. We are among the lucky ones who have lived to see it again. The month of Ramadan is a time for introspection and reflection; an opportunity to refocus and reconnect with our Creator. But, this year, it’s off [Read More...]


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