By the Pen, By the Spoon: Serving God

This is Day 9 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Eman Hassaballa Aly If 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 going to [Read More...]

Growing Up Mosqued, Away From the Masjid

This is Day 8 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Anisha Ismail Patel It’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. There in the velvet sky we [Read More...]

The English Gap

This is Day 6 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Ala Ahmad The 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 write Arabic fluently, I have a hard time [Read More...]

Re-Mosquing Like a Boss

This is Day 6 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Amanda Quraishi A couple weeks ago I attended a pre-Ramadan Open House at the mosque closest to my house. It’s an annual event, and my family has attended for the past few years along with dozens of other Muslims from our city to [Read More...]

Let There Be Light!

This is Day 5 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Hanna Miri There is a masjid I know very well. It’s my local masjid. And while I would not consider myself a regular masjid-goer, (I prefer praying alone at home) there are times I need community and connection. When I do manage to [Read More...]

Finding Light

This is Day 4 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Samar Kaukab The lights are dimmed on the chandelier. The air is hushed and quiet. Though my hometown mosque is crowded, there is an airiness that surrounds. Be quiet enough and you can almost hear an otherworldly presence joining in worship and praise [Read More...]

Form and Function: An Architect Talks Taraweeh

This is Day 3 of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Saaema Alavi As Salaam’Alaykum [peace be upon you] & Ramaḍhān Kareem, Last year I began taking my father to tarāwēeḥ prayers hosted by MECCA Masjid. During the weekday nights tarāwēeḥ took place at Ashton Place Banquet facility located in Willowbrook, IL. The same [Read More...]

The Impossibility of Tarawih

This is Day Two of Hindtrospectives’ #MyMosqueMyStory series for Ramadan 2015 By Laura P As an unmarried convert, Ramadan has always been a solitary experience for me. I eat suhur alone, and have only been to a few iftars in my 16 years of being a Muslim. Compounding my isolation, I’ve been unmosqued most of [Read More...]

Decolonizing The Mosque

For about two years now, I have been negotiating the fact that I am a convert to Islam born and raised in Mexico and with an Indigenous background. To add to that, I am an immigrant to Turtle Island (better known as Canada), and I feel eternally ashamed of having sworn loyalty to the Queen [Read More...]

My Mosque, My Story – A Ramadan Reflection

Humid Midwest days and warm starry nights. Fireworks, late night ice cream, water balloon fights at community iftar picnics. The promise of spending the second day of Eid at Six Flags with our friends. Chasing firebugs at twilight. My earliest Ramadan memories are pure summer. Since  school is out, my sister and I tag along [Read More...]