Heartbreak, Detachment and Hope in Ramadan – Foregoing Community for Authentic Relationships

Margari Tweet

This is Day Five of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Margari Hill I came home from a community iftar on Saturday and tweeted this: When asked what happened, I answered, “I’m breaking up with my community.” Anybody who has been through a divorce can tell you that ending a relationship can be a long [Read More...]

Longing for Mercy and the Comfort of Suhoor in Ramadan


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...]

The First Ten Days of Ramadan – The Days of Mercy

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  This is Day Three of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. By Arzu Kaya-Uranli If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire. The fog clears, and a new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you. – Mevlana Jalaluddin [Read More...]

Ramadan, Charleston and the Serenity within the Storm

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Spencer Means

By Zainab Chaudry This is Day Two of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan 2015. Ramadan is upon us. We are among the lucky ones who have lived to see it again. The month of Ramadan is a time for introspection and reflection; an opportunity to refocus and reconnect with our Creator. But, this year, it’s off [Read More...]

Burn the Fruit of the Forbidden Tree – Preferring God over Food in Ramadan

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This is Day One of Altmuslim’s #30Days30Writers series for Ramadan, 2015. By Rahim Snow Ramadan is the month when many Muslims practice fasting from sunrise to sunset. But what exactly does restraining ourselves from eating food have to do with our devotion to God? Let’s explore this through a few stories. There is a tradition [Read More...]

Approaching Ramadan – Recharging for Social Justice Work

Ramadan recharge

By Afeefa Syeed I am an aspiring potter and love to be covered in clay. I’m excited about the process of what clay does even more than what products my playing with mud might yield. More than anything else, being a potter gives me head and heart space to reflect on humility, patience, submission and [Read More...]