A Non-Processed Ramadan!

This is Day 22 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Zahra Suratwala Ramadan is here! In fact it’s almost done! Which means everyone is focused on goals. It happens every year — people seize the month as an opportunity to focus inward and better themselves. And, the goals they make are substantial and noble [Read More…]

In a Ramadan of Loss, I have My Eye on the Prize: The Afterlife

This is Day 18 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Ali Asadullah Ramadan 1437 is shaping up to be one of THOSE Ramadans for me. You know the ones: They feel long and arduous; and for some reason you’re just not feeling it the way you’d like. Maybe it’s my recent long-haul flight just [Read More…]

The Moral and Physical Benefits of Fasting in Ramadan

This is Day 16 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Seidu Malik The month of Ramadan is once again upon us and millions of Muslims all over the world are fasting as a religious duty. It is worthy of note that before Islam came into existence, most of the world major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, [Read More…]

On Radical Acceptance & Self Forgiveness this Ramadan and Beyond

This is Day 15 – halfway point – of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad As I scroll lazily through my newsfeed, I see the pre-requisite (somewhat amusing) annual “moon wars” are in full swing. Because of course it wouldn’t be Ramadan without incessant debate about whether or not to go with [Read More…]

Finding My Ramadan High in Togetherness

This is day 12 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Edina Lekovic For me, Ramadan is a deep spiritual spring cleaning for the soul. Like many Muslims, I set goals each year even, as I dread its arrival and the disruption it causes. The lost sleep, the hunger pangs, the crankiness — challenges inside [Read More…]

Getting into the Flow of Ramadan: Taking the Shame out of Menstruation

This is Day 11 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Sameera Qureshi “Raise your hand if you’ve ever faked fasting when you’re on your period.” I posed the question and then looked around the room of 25 seventh grade girls and saw that 80 percent of them had their hands raised. Some were looking [Read More…]