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 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...]

Ramadan – The Month of Sincerity – AUDIO


This is Day 23 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Dawud Walid I recently gave a sermon entitled “Ramadan: Month of Sincerity.” The sermon was based upon the sacred narration in which the Almighty said, “Every action of a child of Adam is for him [or her] except fasting, for surely it is [Read More...]

The Ramadan of Adults Balanced with the Ramadan of Children

The Hasan family's Ramadan before, before four rambunctious boys tore it down.

This is Day 21 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Zaki Hasan It was the evening of June 17. The new moon was upon us, bringing in Ramadan right along with it. It was here. Go time. And no, I don’t mean Taraweeh prayer (although that happened too). Rather, I mean what happened [Read More...]

A Ramadan in Las Vegas – Allah’s Nur in the City of Lights

Las Vegas strip

This is Day 17 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Afsha Bawany On my commute to and from work, I drive by King Arthur’s castle; a pyramid, a giant lion, the Statute of Liberty and sometimes I’ll pass by the roar of dancing waterfalls rising and falling to the tunes of Frank Sinatra. [Read More...]