Realistic Expectations and the Right Ramadan Influence – Doing it for His Sake

Art by Amal Al-Aathem, Doha, Qatar

This is Day 22 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Key Ballah This Ramadan has been an eye opener for me. It is becoming so apparent to me how important it is to have at least one person in your corner during this blessed month. The past four Ramadans I’ve spent surrounded by non-Muslims, [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...]

Sex, Drugs & the Redemptive Power of Islam – A Ramadan Lesson

Photo courtesy of Islamic Themes.

This is Day 12 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Malika MacDonald Rushdan Do you remember the hadith of the prostitute who obtained paradise just by providing water to a thirsty dog? Yet, more often than not, we look down upon those who may seem beneath us. As the National Director of ICNA [Read More...]

When Online Muslim Friends Provide Love and Community – A Convert’s Ramadan Story

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This is Day Seven of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Sarah Ager I broke my first ever Ramadan fast with a beer. I said my shahada (profession of faith as a Muslim) over Skype. My first hijab was a beach sarong. And before I had the Arabic pegged, I used to substitute the unlearned [Read More...]

Longing for Mercy and the Comfort of Suhoor in Ramadan

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This is Day Four of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Ambata Kazi-Nance I took my shahada (declaration of faith as a Muslim) on October 30, 2001, just two weeks before the start of Ramadan. My Muslim friends were concerned for me, asking me repeatedly if I was ready for the long fasting days ahead and [Read More...]

Not Your Inspiration Porn – Why I Don’t Owe You My Conversion Story

The shahada in English.

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Rites of Passage. Read other perspectives here. By Leanne Scorzoni How did you come to Islam? When did you convert? Will you tell me your story? Mashallah, you are such an inspiration to us! There’s a term used to describe stories of people who have overcome great [Read More...]


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