Ramadan Recap: More Stories

I hope you enjoyed MMW's Ramadan series this past month!  If you missed any of the pieces, go to this post and scroll down to the bottom for a list of all of our Ramadan writings.Of course, we weren't the only ones writing about Ramadan.  Below are excerpts from some of the other reflections on Ramadan by Muslim women this month.  Please feel free to share your own favourites in the comment section!We'll start off with wood turtle - who, I'm excited to announce, has recently joined the MM … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak!

 The MMW team wishes you all the best this Eid. May God accept all of your fasts, prayers, and good deeds.Thanks to those who commented on or shared our Ramadan posts! We'll be back with our normal media analysis coverage this week. … [Read more...]

Finding my Essence: An Unconventional Ramadan

Bismillah.Originally intended to be posted in the start of Ramadan, this post has taken an unusually long time. The first draft was cathartic, yet it took longer to go into depth and dig deeper.  I am left in a position where I unapologetically want to share my truth – a truth that may, with Allah’s will, resonate with another person in Islam or in humanity, and help them feel okay good about the spiritual state where they finds themselves.My choice to write a personal piece comes from th … [Read more...]

Fasting in a Nigerian Catholic School

I grew up in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, and when I was younger, my schooling had been a secular as Nigerian schooling can get (which is not really secular at all). When it was time for me to go to secondary school, my mother decided it was best to enrol me in a Catholic school that was run by Jesuits from the United States.  At that time, my mother was not thinking about religion; she was not worried that I would become Catholic after spending six years in a Catholic boarding school. The … [Read more...]

Ramadan Confessions

"And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To a Young Poet, Letter Four (16 July 1903) My earlier post on Ramadan was a nostalgic look back to simpler times, when I was young and issues of spirituality and identity simmered on the back-burner…only to crop up again during my “quarter life crisis.” I always assumed I would experience Islam like ev … [Read more...]

Good Memories of Hijab and Ramadan

For most of us, Ramadan has always been linked to achieving spiritual goals, or spending some time with the family for Iftar or Suhoor.  One very special memory that the first day of Ramadan holds for me is beginning to wear hijab, three years ago.I had been thinking of putting it on since I was in college, which is around seven years ago, and I had read and watched people talking about this issue. One interesting show was running on Al Jazeera documentary channel in 2003 (as I remember), … [Read more...]

Ramadan Thoughts over Tamarind Chutney

My mother and I are in the kitchen on a bright Sunday afternoon right before Ramadan. Spices overwhelm our shared counterspace as my mother toasts and grinds spices for her garam masala, the ubiquitous Indian spice blend.I’m squishing tamarind pulp that’s been soaking in warm water through my fingers—my mother assures me that the food processor won’t give the same results.After years of avoiding learning from my mother’s kitchen skills, I find myself this year asking her to show me ho … [Read more...]