A State of Fasting, A Lowering of Our Nafs

This is Day 25 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Kabir Helminski Ramadan has so many dimensions: purification, sacrifice, community, the still and subtle emptiness of the heart. It reorients us in so many ways. Ramadan is less something that we do, than a force field we enter and are transformed by. But it [Read More…]

My Most Memorable Ramadan: An Ode to My Mother

This is Day 24 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Aisha Rahman Strangely, the most impactful Ramadan of my life was one that I did not live through. Several months ago a friend of mine shared an article with me about how pain, trauma and other strong emotions can be passed along from one [Read More…]

Ramadan is the Month of Jihad

This is day 23 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Muqtedar Khan And struggle for Allah with the struggle due to him (Quran 22:78). The Quran says that fasting has been commanded to Muslims as it was commanded to all other faith communities prior to them (2:183) in order that the believer becomes God-conscious. [Read More…]

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…]

The Size of a Mustard Seed

This is Day 21 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Umm Juwayriyah And We shall set up balances of justice on the Day of Resurrection, then none will be dealt with unjustly in anything. And if there be the weight of a mustard seed, We will bring it. And Sufficient are We as Reckoners. Quran, [Read More…]

Get To Know Your Neighbor: A Ramadan (and Beyond) Video

This is day 20 of the #30Day30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Al-Husein N. Madhany Like Harvey Milk, we as American Muslims must come out of the closet and get to know our neighbors. You can start by taking them out for a cup of coffee, maybe after you break your fast today. Or, do so after [Read More…]