Rama-Done – You’re Better At This Than You Think You Are

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By Aziz Poonawalla This is Day 28 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. In just a few days, it’s over. We get to eat lunch again, we have the energy to tackle the “to-do” lists that have been piling up, we can reclaim our evenings and watch TV and start putting music back on [Read More...]

The Heat, Hunger and Thirst of Ramadan – Spiritual Melding with Physical

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This is Day 28 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Abdullah bin Hamid Ali The Islamic historical and exegetical literature inform us that Ramadan gets its name from the fact that the very first Ramadan occurred during an intensely hot season. In the word “Ramadan” is “Ramda,” which means “severe heat” or the [Read More...]

Not Because It’s Easy, But Because It’s Hard

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This is Day 27 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Zainab Chaudary “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” — President John F. Kennedy, Jr. (Address at Rice University, September 12 1962) My first memory [Read More...]

Existential Sunday School, Ramadan Style

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This is Day 26 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By AbdelRahman Murphy Pizza and basketball. Those were the solutions for my generation’s struggles of being a Muslim adolescent. Deeper questions about existence and identity were either ignored or vaguely answered. Needless to say, times have changed. As I begin my 10th year serving [Read More...]

Ramadan, the Khalifa and an Ahmadi Perspective


This is Day 25 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Qasim Rashid Last year I discussed how Ramadan serves as yet another example of Prophet Muhammad’s truthfulness, by discussing his prophecy about Imam Mahdi and Messiah and its perfect fulfillment in Ramadan. This year I share Prophet Muhammad’s prophecy regarding true Islamic leadership, [Read More...]

Ramadan Reflection – Bearing Witness for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse/Assault

I am not to blame

This is Day 24 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Trigger warning: This essay discusses sexual abuse and the assault of women, men and children, the abuse of power by religious figures and institutions and also discusses of victim-shaming. By Jenan Mohajir A few months ago, I found myself in a situation where I had [Read More...]