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The Biggest Masjid

 This is Day 30 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Nevien ShaabnehWe drove under the dark canopy of the Chicago skyline. Rain tap-danced God’s mercy as I sat transfixed at my new world. Buildings loomed boasting with lights - man made mountains - unlike anything I had ever seen before. I craned my neck to catch a glimpse of the velvet towers filled with promises of new adventures.It was my first night in the U.S. and compared to my little vil … [Read More...]

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The Journey to Being Regularly Mosqued

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Christal WilliamsAs a revert to Islam, and an irregular mosque-goer, I always get a slight paranoid feeling about going to the mosque in Ramadan. But there is a mosque that’s close to my heart.There’s a really small mosque right by where I work and I love it. The ladies there are so welcoming and aren’t put off when I turn up in my “work clothes” i.e. trousers, shirt and cardigan. No one says anything and I … [Read More...]

Shiaphobia at the Intersection and Why it Matters

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Shereen YousufBismillahThough there is no shortage of beautiful people and devoted followers in my community, I have to admit that my mosque fits the archetype of negative mosque experiences. This includes e … [Read More...]

A Beloved Guest’s Departure: One Woman’s I’tikaf

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015by Hazel GómezA beloved guest is starting to pack and say goodbye, leaving us yearning for the next visit, already planning what we’ll do differently once we welcome them into our homes again. During these last days a … [Read More...]

An Afrikan Ramadan

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Ihssan Tahir*Author's Note: The spelling of Africa as Afrika is intentional and used by many Pan-Afrikanists to emphasize a united continent free from colonized forces.It was midday and the sun beat down w … [Read More...]

A Very Indigenous Ramadan

This is Day 27 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Ashley WolfordEvery year since I said shahada at IMAN’s Community Cafe five years ago, I have had anxiety about the month of Ramadan. Since 2009, the Holy Month has landed smack dab in the middle of the summer, inc … [Read More...]

My Mosque: An Honest Critique

This is Day 27 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Akeela AhmedI really wanted to write a happy, fluff piece about my local mosque. I really did. I wanted to write that each time I go there I am filled with inspiration and love for Allah. That I come away r … [Read More...]

A Ramadhan on the Boston River

This is Day 26 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Asma SoltaniThis summer is special for me for two reasons: firstly, it’s the first time I will spend a long time away from my family. A long way away, on another continent to be precise: the United States. Sec … [Read More...]

Ramadan 2015: Challenge and Opportunity

This is Day 26 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Yasmin Diallo TurkEven though I have fasted almost my entire life, the experience feels different each year. The challenges and opportunities are never quite the same, and I am never quite the same person from one … [Read More...]

“Whoever comes to Me walking, I will go to him running.” – A True Life Story

This is Day 25 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015by Naazish YarKhanIf you had asked me five years ago, if building yet another masjid was a good idea, I’d have hesitated. Chicago’s western suburbs have their fair share, mashallah! I would have said it was more impor … [Read More...]

Home in the House of the Merciful

This is Day 25 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Shahina BashirThere are no chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, no beautiful Islamic art adorning the walls, and no columns in my mosque. But its grandeur lies in its simplicity. It stands conspicuously at an i … [Read More...]

Ramadan in War

This is Day 24 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Arnesa Buljusmic-KusturaIn the winter of 1995, I had completed my very first month of fasting. An experience which - considered by many Muslim children to be a rite of passage - was unforgettable for all the wrong … [Read More...]

Ramadan For Two

This is Day 23 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Amina EbrahimThe mosque I used to attend in Cape Town while growing up always made accommodation available for the elderly. The accommodation came in two forms: a female prayer space downstairs for those who could … [Read More...]

Mile High Mosque

This is Day 22 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015By Alev KarasuThis is the final year of my PhD and the pressure is rising. I live in The Netherlands, and am completing my PhD in medicine at a university hospital. The past few years with Ramadan I was able to a … [Read More...]


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