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...]

Mile High Mosque

This is Day 22 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Alev Karasu This 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 adjust my [Read More...]

Uninvited

This is Day 21 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Kristina ElSayed If there was ever a time I felt completely at a disadvantage while parenting Muslim children, it is during Ramadan. I am so often embarrassed when we go to the Mosque during Ramadan that I would rather just not go. I [Read More...]

Mosque With Ten Doors

This is Day 20 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By AK Can’t you see you’re a walking Mosque yourself? Your mind’s your Mecca; Your body the Ka’aba That you face when you pray; Anything you say  Is an utterance from heaven Kabir, KG 129 Last year, Ramadan was one of the loneliest months [Read More...]

Ramadan Memories: Taraweeh & Tahajud in the Mosque

This is Day 20 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Nadia Bousmina I write this piece with a broken heart that has been missing Taraweeh and Tahajud prayers in mosques for two years now and classify this condition as ‘mosque-sickness’. In Ramadan 2014, my husband and I were blessed with the birth of [Read More...]

What Are We Losing?

This is Day 19 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Ikhlas Saleem When I moved to Chicago a year and a half ago, I wrote about what I thought the Muslim community would be like. My idea of Chicago was largely framed by my family’s regular attendance of the Annual Muslim Convention hosted [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

Taraweeh Through the Times

  This is Day 17 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Kinza Khan One 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 [Read More...]


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