Revert’s Ramadan: Parts 1 & 2

If you haven't had a chance to check out my video series on how to get through Ramadan as a revert to Islam, here are the first two installments. There are more to come. Stay tuned for more videos and blog posts on Ramadan from a revert's perspective.  If you have any questions or subjects... Continue Reading →

Ramadan Mubarak!!!

Everybody should follow the ruling of their local masjid when it comes to the moon sighting, but whether you begin fasting on Wednesday or Thursday I wanted to wish you all a blessed and productive Ramadan. Remember those who are suffering all over the world, from Palestine to Oakland. Oh Allah, ease the pain of... Continue Reading →

Dear Ramadan;

]I want so desperately to welcome you with open arms and a joyful heart. I want to approach you with the excitement and anticipation that you deserve. But I can't. My heart is too heavy. My woes too deep. My faith too small.  This year I limp towards you broken and bleeding, unsure that any... Continue Reading →

Six Months Until Ramadan

We are officially six months away from the holiest time of the year for the Muslim world. And by the "Muslim world" I mean the world because we are everywhere people! Ramadan. And so I am doing what any busy mompreneur with a distinct lazy streak would do. I'm starting to prepare NOW. Yup, six months... Continue Reading →

Eid Mubarak

I don't have to tell you how rough this Ramadan has been for the ummah. Let me just say I have never felt more connected to the woes and worries of my fellow Muslims all over the world than I did this year. Part of that feeling I can accredit to participating in Launch Good's Ramadan... Continue Reading →

Ramadan Reflection: Violence

I wanted to take this moment to encourage you to think about those who are suffering in silence during this blessed month. Not just the poor and those who are fleeing war or famine, but those who can't flee and whose suffering is often invisible to us.  It goes without saying that domestic violence is... Continue Reading →

Ramadan Reflection: Good Food

“Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” (Quran 2:172)  “Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” (Quran 2:168) I went to the shop to buy sugar this weekend. In the aisle of my grocery store I was confronted by an interesting choice. There were two packets of sugar.... Continue Reading →

Ramadan Reflection: Sadaqa

“When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); knowledge which is beneficial; or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (the deceased).” [Sahih Muslim] This Ramadan I signed up for Launch Good's Ramadan Challenge. The goal is to contribute, even as little as $1.00, to... Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Five: Backseat Barakat

I was very frustrated. I had great plans about what I would teach my children. I would introduce them to the Quran, and stories of the prophets. I would read great pieces of literature to them. I would help them master basic maths and set them up for a lifetime of numeracy. But, I found... Continue Reading →

Day Twenty-Four: The Fiqh of Fasting

In case this is your first year fasting (in which case, welcome, leave me a comment, I am always happy to meet fellow converts or returnees) or maybe you just need a refresher. Whatever the reason, we are just under a week away from the blessed month, so it's time to start reviewing the fiqh... Continue Reading →

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