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...]

Home in the House of the Merciful

This is Day 25 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Shahina Bashir There 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 intersection in a modest neighborhood. Baitur Rahman is [Read More...]

Ramadan in War

This is Day 24 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Arnesa Buljusmic-Kustura In 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 reasons. In 1995, the war [Read More...]

Ramadan For Two

This is Day 23 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Amina Ebrahim The 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 not climb up the stairs to the [Read More...]


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