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Ramadan isn't just a time where millions of Muslims fast - it's also a time where they're subjected to ignorant and irritating questions. Radhika Sanghani lists the worst. 'Miss Muslimah' Photos Show Just How Outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a day, and the winner is chosen by a jury of orphaned children. But the girls are similar to the girls in the West. Given the rise of hate crimes and … [Read more...]

Be Careful What You Ask: Ramadan and Periods

This post was written by guest contributor Rana S.I no longer feel awkward saying it out loud - some may think I'm too blunt about it. You know, like, about my period.Menstruation is one of the factors that nullify a person's fast (regardless if it is during the month of Ramadan or not) - it automatically "breaks" it. Every Ramadan, I get asked by at least a few people I know (and a few strangers have asked as well) about why I'm not fasting whenever I get "caught" eating or drinking a … [Read more...]

365 Days: The Ramadan Love Letter

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This post was previously published at the author's blog. Dear Saad: Some days I wonder if you can hear me… see me… smell me.For the longest time I felt your presence in my every move. I would wake up and start my morning rituals by imagining that you were sitting at my kitchen table just watching me. I would force myself to pray (despite the fact that for many years I had abandoned the practice) in the hopes that I would continue to feel your energy around.It has not been easy. For da … [Read more...]

Ramadan Repost: When Fasting Is Not For God

Editor's note: When we first published this post during Ramadan last year, we received a huge number of responses from people telling us how much the themes of the post resonated with them.  We are planning to publish a follow-up post from the same writer later this month, but for now we wanted to share this post again, as a reminder to those struggling with similar issues that you are not alone, even when this issue does not often get discussed publicly. The writer of this post wishes to … [Read more...]

Ramadan Mubarak!

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We at MMW would like to wish you all a wonderful, happy and blessed Ramadan. Whether you celebrate or not, we hope you will join us during this month as  we take a break from our usual fare to share our reflections, memories, resolutions, and struggles this Ramadan. This will be the fourth year we have done this, and each time we look forward to hearing from as many different perspectives as possible, so please share with us what Ramadan means for you.You can find last year's posts here.L … [Read more...]

Syrian Series “Bab Al Hara” and the Need to Combat Traditional Images of Women

Image from Bab Al Hara.

Every year, the holy month of Ramadan brings lots of spiritual moments, as well as hours of continuous entertainment in the form of shows and soap operas. Every Ramadan, I pick a number of soap operas to watch and write about. This year, there was a large number of television series that discussed issues faced by women in Arab societies. Some issues included women in prisons, such as Egyptian series Sijn Al Nesa, and women in wars and revolution, such as Syrian series Halawet Al Rouh.On … [Read more...]

In Search of a Tranquil Ramadan

My smoothie and fried atayef.

Dreaming of the ultimate spirituality and serenity this Ramadan, my plan was to quit my 9-5 job a couple of days before Ramadan started. I’ve always had this fantasy that taking a vacation for the whole Ramadan gives you more space for spirituality and religious rituals. Think of days full of Quran recitation, Zikr, Terawih prayers and even Qeyam! It would be definitely the Ramadan of all Ramadans!I couldn’t have been more naïve.To be honest, I have accomplished the part that always seem … [Read more...]


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