The author, at Nizamiye Cami in Johannesburg, South Africa

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 permits me to momentarily pause, to reflect on the past two weeks.I feel more organized and put together this Ramadan - having made a dhikr, Quran reading and reflection writing schedule in the w … [Read More...]

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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 home and abroad, there are also plenty of bright lights to celebrate.This Ramadan, I am grateful for the Quran and for the wisdom and tenacity of my elders at the Islamic Center of Southern Calif … [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...]

By the Pen, By the Spoon: Serving God

This is Day 9 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Eman Hassaballa AlyIf you want to see the dark side of a community, feed hordes of fasting people. It’s like they’ve never eaten before in their life. Ramadan means a lot of things to me, but for this piece, I’m goi … [Read More...]

Growing Up Mosqued, Away From the Masjid

This is Day 8 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Anisha Ismail PatelIt’s 1987 and I’m fourteen years old living in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, a country in southern Africa. Every year my father drives us to the countryside to search for the Ramadan moon. Ther … [Read More...]

The English Gap

This is Day 6 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Ala AhmadThe imam stands in front of our congregation and begins his khatirah, the mid-Taraweeh short lecture. He begins with a familiar introduction, and then, he continues, in Arabic. While I speak, read, and w … [Read More...]


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