Tomb of King Lalibela/Farhaan Khan

From a Woman’s Eye

This is Day 18 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015*Editor's Note: Khairunnisa and Farhaan Khan have embarked on an overland trip "from Johannesburg to Jerusalem and beyond." Throughout, they stop at houses of worship, meet local people and learn about local cultures. In this essay, Khairunnisa writes of her experiences in the mosques and churches they visited.By Khairunnisa KhanPhysiologically speaking, an eye is an eye and gender should not change what we se … [Read More...]

Albanian American Cultural Center in Illinois

Taraweeh Through the Times

 This is Day 17 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Kinza KhanOne of my favorite parts of Ramadan is attending Taraweeh prayers – the nightly prayers in which the Imam recites the Quran every night in order to complete it by the end of the month. I’m not sure why this is my favorite part – maybe it’s because it reminds me of celebrating Ramadan as a child since I would go with my dad every night during Ramadan. Or maybe it’s because the community c … [Read More...]

Mosque: Story of My Country

 This is Day 17 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Aisha Hussain RasheedI feel the weight of a nation on my shoulders; a nation that is too often spoken of in the global community in terms of its natural beauty rather than in terms of its people. And … [Read More...]

Halfway – Reaching Out and Reaching In

This is Day 16 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Safiyyah Surtee The brilliant full moon lovingly reminds me that we are midway through this month of mercy ... her radiance inspires me to seek Light in the remaining two weeks and Hind's #mymosquemystory project p … [Read More...]

Making Progress Side By Side

This is Day 16 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Edina LekovicIn the powerful words of Amnesty International founder Peter Benenson, “it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” While there is much to be depressed about when it comes to Muslims at … [Read More...]

A Letter to the Imam

This is Day 14 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Shazia JavedRespected Imam,Assalamalaikum and Ramadan Mubarak. Firstly, I want to thank you for taking on the difficult task of leading the community in prayers. It must take a lot of constancy and devotion to … [Read More...]

A Masjid Where We Belong

This is Day 13 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Sabina Khan-Ibarra “Allah created one hundred units of mercy on the day Allah created the heavens and the earth. Each one of them can contain all that is between the heaven and the earth. Of them, Allah put one on ear … [Read More...]

Ramadan Nights

This is Day 13 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Dilshad D. AliThis night, like so many nights, is spent rocking in the rocking chair while uttering whatever du’as I know in his darkened bedroom. Sometimes I’m there as a presence when he is upset, anxious and res … [Read More...]

A Derrière In The Air At Prayer

This is Day 13 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Sarah AgerThe thought of attending the mosque tends to bring me out in a cold sweat. I'm not even joking. An actual real life mosque visit requires an extra preemptive layer of deodorant.It would be all t … [Read More...]

Three Strikes and You’re Out: Female, Shia, and Hijabi

This is Day 12 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Sabira DewjiThe media these days is all about the “oppressed” Muslimah, be it CNN or some Pro-Muslim media. We are told by many that we are “un-mosqued” and “second class citizens.” There is so much noise out t … [Read More...]

Trying on Muslim

This is Day 12 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Donelle BergesonDuring my first Ramadan, I was a Christian. I was in seminary, completing my M.Div., and had befriended a Muslim through Facebook over the summer. After a month or so of our long-distance chats, I f … [Read More...]

When You Can’t Find Your Shoes, Don’t Blame The Kids

This is Day 11 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Sarah Said“I can’t find my shoes, Mom!” my seven-year old self cried. We looked and looked after Taraweeh prayer for my shoes. My mom was exhausted and anxious to leave. There was only one pair of little girls' … [Read More...]

The Mosque in Marbella

This is Day 10 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Fazeela Selberg ZaibMy family and I are spending Ramadan in Spain this year. As there is no mosque in Ronda, where we are staying, and we wished to pray our Friday prayer in congregation, my friend, her mother and … [Read More...]

Ramadan in Karachi

This is Day 10 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Asra Zaheeruddin CorcoranIn 2013 my husband and I were in Karachi, Pakistan for the first time and spent the month of Ramadan there. This was my first Ramadan experience in a Muslim country and I was delighted … [Read More...]


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