This upcoming Ramadan includes fasting on the longest day of the year in many parts of the world – June 21. And while much of the Muslim blogosphere is abuzz with “get-ready-for-Ramadan” posts and advice articles, the obvious question we have for you is — are you Ramadan ready? Neither are we, but we’re getting there! And, instead of our usual call-out for Ramadan reflection pieces, we’re honored to bring back the second iteration of our wildly successful Altmuslim Ramadan project – 30 Days, 30 Writers
We have spent the past few months soliciting bloggers, leaders, students, writers, activists, Islamic scholars and everyone in between to join our special Ramadan 2015 #30Days30Writers blog. It’s a unique Ramadan blog we are hosting on Altmuslim where 30 different voices will be featured over the course of the holy month – one every day.
Some are your favorite Patheos Muslim bloggers and Altmuslim columnists are on board, including Rohail Waseem (Quranalyze It), Qasim Rashid (Islam Ahmadiyya), Aziz Poonawalla (Aziz Poonawalla), Precious Rasheeda Muhammad (Muslim History Detective), Zainab Chaudry (Altmuslim) and many more.
Others are writers, leaders, students and activists from all over, including Dawud Walid of CAIR-Michigan, Rahim Snow, Sarah Ager (Interfaith Ramadan), Key Ballah (Love, InshAllah), Omar Usman (Muslim Matters, Fiqh of Social Media), Margari Hill (Muslim-ARC), Khaled Beydoun and so many more.
The idea is that we are all striving to own our stories, tell our own narratives, experience Ramadans that are unique and personal to us. We are one Ummah, but many different voices with unique faith experiences. We are excited for the shared and distinctive Ramadan experiences that we are about to present to you, and we welcome you to join in by sharing, tweeting and commenting on the daily posts. The hashtag will be #30Days30Writers, and on Facebook, please tag Altmuslim.
We don’t know what the writers will be submitting. It could be reflection pieces, something humorous, something critical or something news-driven. Maybe it’ll be a poem, a recipe, favorite du’as (prayers) and hadiths or a special khutbah (sermon). It may be joyous and uplifting, or it may get into what is hard and challenging about the month. We are as excited to see what comes forth, as hopefully you are.
We pray the month of Ramadan will be special and spiritually awakening for you, and we pray that this special 30 Days, 30 Writers blog will help foster a greater understanding of how we try and come together as a community balanced with the vastly different experiences we go through in our personal Ramadan striving.
Thirty Days. Thirty Writers. Starting, insha’Allah, on Thursday, June 18, 2015.