The Ramadan Samosa Wars

Hard-earned samosas.

“She knows paradise is a triangle. And she’s at the bloody gate.” Ramadan is an incredible time for spiritual rejuvenation. It is a time to focus on worship and ask God Almighty for forgiveness and benefit from His Infinite Mercy. It is a time to be thankful, share blessed meals with others, and reflect. It is also a time to revel in the tradition of fried foods at iftaar time. Deep. Fried. Foods. My family members are not a picky lot but when it comes time to break their fasts, but they requi … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 18, 2014

Iranian models

July 11 was World Population Day, and for this occasion IPS featured an article on early marriage and teen pregnancy in Pakistan. Meanwhile rights activists in Pakistan are fighting a losing battle to end child marriages, which affects both girls and boys.The BBC speaks to several female Kurdish fighters, who are taking on ISIS in Iraq.The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East are the cause of much suffering among women in the region.According to UNICEF, child marriages among Syrian … [Read more...]

Darkest Before Dawn: Ramadan in a Time of Disillusionment

Salwa Bugaighis. [Source].

On June 25th, Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead at her home in Benghazi. A human rights activist and lawyer, Bugaighis was a charismatic figure who played a leadership role in the uprising and in the women's movement, supporting a campaign which sought to establish minimum quotas for female lawmakers in parliament as well as being vice-president of a preparatory committee for national dialogue that travelled around the country holding town hall meetings – one of the few post-2011 initiatives in L … [Read more...]

I <3 the Moon Calendar

Pumpkin with a palm tree and crescent moon carved into it.

This post was written by Brooke Benoit and originally published on her blog.This Ramadan is hard. Right smack in the middle of summer, these are the longest fasts of my Muslim life, it’s hot, and the kids are home all day. Well, my kids are always home all day, but I’m sure that’s an extra challenge for most Ramadaners.I have six children and they are currently kind of a mess. My eldest two want to just stay up all night so as to not miss suhoor and indeed they are very hard to wake for s … [Read more...]

Celebrating Ramadan Away from Home with Two Boys and a Sparkling Crescent

Yousuf and Ghazi.

Back where I grew up, in the United Arab Emirates, we never decorated for Ramadan or Eid. We used to celebrate with lots of food and prayers, but lights and sparkling decorations were never part of that celebration. We were actually happy with the Ramadan atmosphere: shorter school hours, having Iftar after hearing the Maghreb Azan and the firing of the Ramadan cannon, and of course, the different types of desserts especially made for the holy month, which include Qatayef and Kanafeh.A … [Read more...]

Finding My Ramadan Prayers

My prayer book.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the easiest duties for me as a Muslim. Even though I've struggled with my faith and with praying five times daily, I always maintain my fast, and passionately too. This year I started fasting on Mondays and Thursdays, according to Sunnah, after considering it for a while. My mother and elders encouraged me to by telling me of the benefits I would enjoy by fasting outside Ramadan, and on my part I quite liked the prospect of saving up on lunch money, as eating out … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 11, 2014

A woman votes in Indonesia's presidential election on July 9. This election has been the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the fall of dictator Suharto. Image by Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images

As Israel continues its offensive on Gaza, the death toll is rising fast; many of them are women and children.Nigeria's military has released the news that it has arrested several female Boko Haram recruiters. As well, about 60 women escaped their presumed Boko Haram captors earlier this week. The escaped women were captured mid-June of this year; the hundreds of girls captured in April remain missing.The UNHCR has published a report on Syria's refugee women titled Woman Alone: The Fight … [Read more...]


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