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30 Days of Ramadan, Days 17-19: Restarting

Checking in – We are more than halfway through Ramadan and we are long overdue for a check-in, especially after this past, emotionally heavy weekend. Let’s take a moment to reflect over the goals we started with, the schedule we’ve settled with, the changes we realize we need to make … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 16: Unity Out of Tragedy

Today is the 16th day of Ramadan. On June 12 of last year we were still in the first 10 days of Ramadan. On this day last year we woke up to the tragic news of the Pulse nightclub shooting. A 29-year-old man named Omar Mateen killed 49 people, wounded … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Days 13-15: ACT for America’s Hate Fail

Salam Dear Readers! I apologize for the three-day hiatus once again. This time it wasn’t due to illness, it was due to a very busy weekend in preparation for a lot of hate. I’d like to walk you through this journey starting with some background knowledge and preparations. This weekend … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 12: Learning Forgiveness From the Little Ones

We’re into the second 10 days of Ramadan. Remember that the first 10 days of Ramadan were of mercy. Now that we have entered the second 10 days of Ramadan we are in the stage of forgiveness. So what is forgiveness? Well, to forgive someone is to pardon someone of … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Days 6-11: Something’s Gotta Give (cough, cough)

This is still the 30 Days of Ramadan Blog, but we’re going to have to loop in entries 6-11 all in this one because I was so, terribly, ugly, not-nice sick. I mean completely-not-functioning kind of sick. Normally I get over these pesky periodic flus in two to three days … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 5: A Personal Reflection on Mercy

Can you believe how quickly Ramadan is passing?  It seems like we barely absorb the lessons of the first 10 days before going into the second. A quick briefing of what this means: The 30 Days of Ramadan are divided into three stages per 10 days. The first 10 days … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 4: Ramadan Brain

Y’all, Ramadan Brain is real. We are just four days in and I am lethargic and forgetful. Today, for instance, I forgot my supplies and computer charger at home – which meant I was utterly useless for half the day. Even writing this post has my brain trying to trudge … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 3: Honoring the Memory of Brave Americans

On Memorial Day we honor those who gave their lives for us to live in a safer, better nation. They put us, people whom they never met, ahead of their own lives. I thank them for their service, their lives, their selflessness, their courage, and their belief in this country. … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 2: Safe Spaces for Converts

In the 2014 30 Days of Ramadan blog I hit on this topic but I feel it’s one that should constantly get revisited.  What are we doing for our convert brothers and sisters? Too often this narrative has been repeated: Someone has found themselves called to Islam They reach out … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 1: Schedule Tight, Niyyah Strong

Once again the blessed month of Ramadan is upon us, and once again the prep for the month doesn’t ever seem to be enough; at least, that’s where I find myself, again, every year. To start, I knew that the first night of Taraweeh was near. I knew I should … Continue reading

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