Ramadan 2014 – Fasting Is Supposed to Suck; That’s Why We Do It

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This article comes on Day Two of our special Altmuslim/Patheos Muslim Ramadan #30Days30Writers blog project, in which we are showcasing the voices of 30 Muslim leaders, activists, scholars, writers, youth and more (one on each day of Ramadan) as part of our commitment to own our own narratives and show how we are one Ummah, many voices. [Read More...]

Will My Family Go to Heaven?

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By Anna Wittman I converted to Islam for many reasons, but the most important of those was the holistic teaching of justice I found pervasive in the Quran and life of Prophet Muhammad. What most people do not expect, however, is that in the two years leading up to my conversion and continuing after, I [Read More...]

Nine Lessons for New Converts/Reverts to Islam

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By Olivia Kompier So you’ve converted/reverted to Islam. What now? 1. It Gets Easier The beginning is always the hardest.  You’ve found the truth, fulfillment, and a sense of peace you never imagined possible.  A handful of people can’t wait to share Islam with their families, but for most of us, breaking the news to [Read More...]

A Convert’s Story – How Becoming a Muslim is a Work in Progress

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By Stephanie Luna Wallace “Noni, Mami has a prayer shirt, and I have a prayer hat. Don’t you have one?” That’s how my mother discovered I had converted to Islam. I had been praying the five daily prayers for three months, and my four-year-old finally found a way to communicate my new habit. Certainly not [Read More...]

Rediscovering Islam in a Post-Divorce Landscape

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By Deonna Kelli My marriage had taken me all over the Muslim world – to Mecca, Cairo, Kabul and countless countries in between. I would even venture to say that over the course of my 12 year union, I experienced more Islam than many Muslims will know in their lifetimes. Yet, I left the relationship to [Read More...]

Ramadan in Solitary

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By Aaron Vlek No, I’m not in Sing-Sing or on death row, but some would find my position even worse: I’m a female Muslim convert with no family or community masjid, and whose Muslim homies are scattered around the globe and accessible only through Facebook. I’m kind of a solitary soul anyway, so most of [Read More...]


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