Seeking Forgiveness and Forgiving Oneself in Ramadan

To truly move forward in our lives and grow as believers we must learn to ask for forgiveness from Allah, ask ourselves for forgiveness and forgive ourselves completely. This is how we grow as believers and improve our spiritual states. [Read more…]

Working Through Pain and Rage to a Place of Mercy and Forgiveness

This Ramadan, think of the pains you have held on to and free yourself (with guided help). If we want His forgiveness and His Mercy, we need to be able to give it unconditionally. Only then will darkness transform to light. [Read more…]

Because it’s Not about the Fasting, its about the Forgiveness

By Zeba Khan I was ten years old the first time I fasted. My family had just moved to Karachi, and we were living in the heart of the extended family compound, staying in my aunt’s house next door to my uncle’s house, which was downstairs from my uncle’s house, and also, to the left [Read More…]

Ramadan Forgiveness: Once I was a Marine, Another Man Finding Islam, Finding Myself

This is Day Five of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. Dedicated to the people of Iraq. By Ramon Meija A year has come and gone with no liberation in sight. If you can recall, last year my submission for Day 17 of the #30Days30Writers Ramadan series for Altmuslim was replaced by a letter highlighting my struggle [Read More…]

Sexual Abuse Cases: Does Islamic ‘Tawba’ (Repentance) Absolve (Alleged) Abusers of Legal Redress?

Reflections on culpability, forgiveness, mercy and legal redress in light of the sexual abuse case pending against Imam Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, founder of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, IL. Click here and here for more coverage of this case on Patheos. By Ustadha Zaynab Ansari In March 2015, Imam Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, founder [Read More…]