The Biggest Masjid

  This is Day 30 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Nevien Shaabneh We 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 [Read More...]

The Journey to Being Regularly Mosqued

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Christal Williams As 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 [Read More...]

Shiaphobia at the Intersection and Why it Matters

This is Day 29 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Shereen Yousuf Bismillah Though 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 everything from women being crammed into the basement while men [Read More...]

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

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 by Hazel Gómez A 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 and nights of Ramadan, many mosques [Read More...]

An Afrikan Ramadan

This is Day 28 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By 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 with vengeance. One would have thought that the people [Read More...]

A Very Indigenous Ramadan

This is Day 27 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Ashley Wolford Every 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, including the Solstice. Just [Read More...]

My Mosque: An Honest Critique

This is Day 27 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Akeela Ahmed I 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 refreshed and [Read More...]

A Ramadhan on the Boston River

This is Day 26 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Asma Soltani This 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. Secondly, it’s Ramadhan! Normally, [Read More...]

Ramadan 2015: Challenge and Opportunity

This is Day 26 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Yasmin Diallo Turk Even 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 Ramadan to the next (at least [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 2015 by Naazish YarKhan If 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 important to maintain the existing ones; [Read More...]


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