Omar H is a Muslim-American living in Chicago.* As a Rohingya Muslim, he was forced to flee ethnic and religious violence in western Myanmar, where he was neither recognised as a citizen nor given basic political and legal rights. For three precarious decades, Omar drifted from one inhospitable country to[…]
Thousands of Muslims, from local worshippers to foreign pilgrims, gather at the Quba Mosque to break their fast and take part in Maghreb, Isha and Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. Quba was originally a well surrounded by a village. It was inhabited by the Bani Amr tribe. On his way to[…]
A Tunisian village became one of the first in the world to produce fair trade dates, popular with those breaking their fast in Ramadan On the ground of Haouza’s palm grove, south-east of Tunisia, a worker collects dates and places them in a crate If you live in Europe,[…]
I remember a Ramadan when I was five and I was standing on the stoep of the flat we were living in in District 6 in 1970. My older siblings were already around the boeka table waiting to break their fast. The mosques in District 6 would switch on a[…]
Michel Ayoub’s holy racket begins each day at 2am, when he steps into the cobbled streets of Acre’s old city with tambourine in hand, awakening Muslims for Ramadan. His role as the city’s “mesaharati” is a traditional one during the sacred fasting month, but Ayoub is by no means a[…]
For the last four days, I’ve been fasting, having volunteered to give a non-Muslim perspective on the practice — and I’m already struggling. It’s harder than it looks, and temptation is everywhere. To begin with, the sudden change in routine was more jarring than I imagined it to be. In[…]
Every Ashra or phase of Ramadan has its particular significance associated with it. With respect to each of the significance, Muslims try pursuing that particular Ashra with that objective in order to achieve the established significance. First ten days of Ramadan has just come to an end and Muslims around[…]
During Ramadan, apart from worship and concerns of how to spiritually improve oneself, a lot of people get preoccupied with what they will cook or prepare for iftar and suhoor for thirty straight days. The numerous shopping trips start a week or two before Ramadan. During the first few days[…]
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins at the sighting of the new moon in the ninth month of the lunar calendar. During Ramadan (which starts on July 9th this year) observant Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. Because it follows the lunar calendar, Ramadan[…]
Working women have a tough balancing act in Ramadan, with having to oversee preparation of meals, care for their children and attend to their spiritual duties. An example of their tough schedules has been highlighted on a 30-minute show aired by Al-Arabiya, showing how they have to ensure a proper[…]
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