If You Have Your Health, You Have the World

For it was in these Ramadan days that I found myself witnessing unabated human suffering in the intensive care unit (ICU) and in the cancer wards. Though I had worked in these parts of the hospital before, Ramadan had encouraged a greater curiosity and sensitivity within me about the onslaught of death on life occurring daily in the rooms of my patients. It all became my intimate education on why good health is the marrow of life. [Read more…]

Not the Perfect Life, but a Reflection of Allah’s Perfect Plan

In her wheelchair, with her fidgety hands and distractible mind, I see eyes that hide the inner workings of a perfectly formed mind, as was the intention of the Creator. I see a heart full of anxiety and frustration and longing and motivation and love and sweetness and so much potential. While others may see a broken child, I see one who is whole and complete. [Read more…]

Seeking Forgiveness and Forgiving Oneself in Ramadan

To truly move forward in our lives and grow as believers we must learn to ask for forgiveness from Allah, ask ourselves for forgiveness and forgive ourselves completely. This is how we grow as believers and improve our spiritual states. [Read more…]

How Fasting Forces a Break from the Norm and Opens Our Eyes

No, fasting isn’t easy. It isn’t shiny and entertaining. It isn’t always comfortable or convenient. It requires self-restraint and resolve. But growth rarely follows periods of ease, and neon signs blind us from the stars. [Read more…]

3 Reasons Why I Stay Logged onto Social Media in Ramadan

From the first set of “Ramadan Mubarak” posts to the “Eid Mubarak” greetings, social media can help Muslims, especially those in a majority non-Muslims society, stay in touch with the blessings of the month. [Read more…]

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On Ramadan Christmas Carols, The Three Stooges and Shi’a-Sunni Bonds

When we drove to big city, Des Moines, my parents would stop at payphones and search for Muslim-sounding names in the phone book. They discovered a community whose locus was a house of Malaysian students near the campus of Drake University. This makeshift mosque was the first place that I experienced communal iftaars. [Read more…]