Ramadan Epilogue – Making God the Guest of Our Hearts Throughout the Year

clouds in the sky

By Sohayle Sizar One day, there was an honorable and dignified woman who received two marriage proposals. One proposal was from Imam Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (may God’s blessings and peace be upon him). He was described to be the “master of the youth of paradise” by the Prophet and [Read More...]

The Soul of Our Family – A Ramadan Love story

Picture capturing, in many ways, the soul of our family. Taken during Ramadan 1434/2013.

This is Day 29 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Precious Rasheeda Muhammad “There is no soul but has a protector over it.” —The Holy Quran, Surat At-Tariq, 86:4 We were in our navy blue Dodge Caravan, the one my husband Carl travelled from Virginia to New Jersey to buy from a government [Read More...]

Rama-Done – You’re Better At This Than You Think You Are

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By Aziz Poonawalla This is Day 28 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. In just a few days, it’s over. We get to eat lunch again, we have the energy to tackle the “to-do” lists that have been piling up, we can reclaim our evenings and watch TV and start putting music back on [Read More...]

The Heat, Hunger and Thirst of Ramadan – Spiritual Melding with Physical

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This is Day 28 of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Abdullah bin Hamid Ali The Islamic historical and exegetical literature inform us that Ramadan gets its name from the fact that the very first Ramadan occurred during an intensely hot season. In the word “Ramadan” is “Ramda,” which means “severe heat” or the [Read More...]

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...]