Last year, I struggled with Ramadhan, and winded up fasting only about half the days. I had to take things easy on myself as my mental health took a dive. I could not rely on my favourite exercise of faith to give me strength, and I saw Ramadhan 2019 approaching with almost a sense of dread. So, as Ramadhan approached, I didn’t have it in me to plan – my plans have been upended so many times before! Continue reading Ramadhan 2019
I can’t organize my thought enough for a brand new list, but here are my tried and true tips for Ramadhan. Continue reading Dear God, give me strength
Time and times again, I have made elaborate plans for Ramadhan in the hopes that I would be led spiritually.
So here I am, soon be celebrating 5 years as a convert to Islam and my 8th Ramadhan since I first attempted the practice in 2009. … Continue reading Ramadhan Plan 2017
Ramadhan is just a few days away, and though it hasn’t quite hit me, it is high time I begin to prep. While Ramadhan 2015 had … Continue reading Ramadhan Game: a snack, a verse, and a gesture
There is no doubt that Ramadhan is both the most spiritually fulfilling and the loneliest time of the convert experience. Food and sleep deprivation, long nights of prayer, the awkwardness of … Continue reading We Stood Shoulder to Shoulder
There is no doubt that Ramadhan is physically demanding. During 30 days, believers are requested to abstain from dawn until sunset from food, water, smoke, sex, anger and cursing. However, God is Merciful and this is why the Qu’ran has special injunctions for those physically susceptible such as children, women on their menses, pregnant women, the old, the ill and the travelers. In previous years, my preparation for this holy month included meal planning, purchasing kitchen appliances (God bless the slow cooker) and reducing my daily food and water intake. My stomach, not my soul, always felt ready to take … Continue reading My Ramadhan Prep Doesn’t Include Food Training