Acts of Charity, How LaunchGood Campaigns Happen and Why it All Matters

This is Day 26 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 21, 2017 By Chris Blauvelt وَاللَّهُ فِي عَوْنِ الْعَبْدِ مَا كَانَ الْعَبْدُ فِي عَوْنِ أَخِيهِ “…God is in aid of the servant, so long as the servant is in aid of his brother (or sister)…” ~Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم Setting the Scene It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Father’s Day. My third yet most uneventful thus far, given its Ramadan. But I’m enjoying a peaceful day nonetheless... Read more

Ramadan Deprivation Leads to Despair and then Deliverance

This is Day 25 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 20, 2017 By Inas Younis The sacred can be hard to grasp. Every Ramadan we are encouraged to retreat into a spiritual sanctum for cleansing, ritual and prayer. We are called to turn to God and turn away from the ingrained patterns of thinking and behavior that have kept us from him. Ramadan is an opportunity to manufacture the circumstances that can facilitate our spiritual growth. It can... Read more

The Infused Knowledge of Ramadan

This is Day 24 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 19, 2017 By Kabir Helminski Each year we discover new meanings and experiences during Ramadan. It seems that in Ramadan we are more open to be infused by new understandings. What was once merely a stretch of time, a challenging 30 days in which I faced my own attachments and weaknesses, has deepened into a new sense of relationship with Allah. The catalyst for this was my discovery... Read more

Beauty and the Beast – Which of the Two Faces of Islam Will Prevail?

By Kaleem Hussain The famous Disney story of Beauty and the Beast hit cinema screens in early 2017. In the American musical romantic fantasy film (co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films), Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognise the kind heart and... Read more

In Ramadan and Beyond – What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good Muslim?’

This is Day 23 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 18, 2017 By Amna Nawaz It often surprises the people in my life to learn I’m fasting during Ramadan. Many of my friends and colleagues, the majority of whom aren’t Muslim, assume that faith isn’t a big part of my identity. To be fair, the clues they’ve been told to look for – through portrayals of Muslims in entertainment and media – aren’t there. I don’t cover my... Read more

Ramadan on the North Dakota Prairie – Forging an American-Muslim Experience

This is Day 22 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 17, 2017 By Syed Husain It was in the summer of 1976, following my post-doctoral assignment at Stanford Research Institute in California, I was offered a faculty position at University of North Dakota, School of Medicine. Although it was a tempting offer, leaving San Francisco and moving to Grand Forks with three small children was a difficult thing to consider. Recalling the Persian proverb, “Mulk-e-Khuda Tang Neest, Pa-e-mera... Read more

Last 10 days of Ramadan – Learning Impulse Control and Accountability

This is Day 21 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 16, 2017 By Sakinah Kaiser  Author’s note: This is part one of a two-part series in which I am discussing what I intend to work on in the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan. Part two will be published on my blog, “The Muslim Hippie.” It can be challenging to live with impulsivity issues. For me, due to both ADHD and bipolar disorder, I have difficulty with... Read more

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

This is Day 20 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 15, 2017 By Rahat Husain It’s a familiar story. After the departure of a well-regarded leader, the community became split over the question of who his successor should be. Later, divisions arose questioning the legitimacy of the successor himself. Despite being one community, with one foundational text, differing interpretations of how to apply the text lead to even more strife. This is not a description of the historic... Read more

If You Have Your Health, You Have the World

This is Day 19 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 14, 2017 By Jalal Baig My recent Ramadans have largely been spent in hospitals. The toil and interminable hours of residency and fellowship training precluded little else. And so, the timings for sunrise and sunset were lost in the blur of my daily routine: Appeasing angry nurses, suppressing temptations to cast stones at my pager (whose constant ringing appeared to be a sign of possession by Shaytan (Satan)... Read more

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

This is Day 18 of the 2017 #30Days30Writers Ramadan series – June 13, 2017 By Saba Ali Arain By society’s standards, I’m not the perfect woman — four kids have added curves to my waist and hips and my arms have a certain jiggle. My forties are changing my black hair to grey and slowing my movements. My back aches, my teeth grind, my eyes are sunken in from exhausting days and restless nights. I’m not the perfect wife, just... Read more