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11 Tips to Get Ramadan Ready

Written by Sara Abdelwahab With the countdown to Ramadan on, I’m eager to work on becoming the best possible me.  Every year, I work to approach Ramadan with a clean slate and a pure heart. I find that setting some simple, achievable goals helps me to gear up for Ramadan, and increase my deen. With…

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Here’s Why Charity is Absolutely Vital This Ramadan

Zakat, or charity, is one of the fundamental tenets that underpins the faith of all Muslims.  It is, after all, a pillar of Islam. The giving of wealth to less fortunate Muslims, especially in the Holy month of Ramadan, has a long tradition. The companions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, were famously generous…

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I know what you're thinking, you Muslim mamas out there: "How can I possibly expand on the ways I've already learned to make Ramadan fun for my kids this year?" I know, girl! It's like I'm in your head! Well, I don't want to keep you in suspense any longer than you have to be, so here are nine more ways to make your little ones' faces light up during Ramadan. You're totally welcome!

9 Things That Will Make You the Most Popular Mom at the Mosque This Ramadan

I know what you’re thinking, you Muslim mamas out there: “How can I possibly expand on the ways I’ve already learned to make Ramadan fun for my kids this year?” I know, girl! It’s like I’m in your head! Well, I don’t want to keep you in suspense any longer than you have to be,…

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The Must-Have Books for Children This Ramadan

I don’t remember reading any Islamic-themed children’s books when I was a child, let alone any Ramadan-related books. I am so thankful that now there are tons of amazing books for children that are Ramadan and Eid related for parents to read to their kids. To prepare for the upcoming season, I compiled a list of some of…

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This Is What Ramadan Is Like Before and After Children

With Ramadan two months away, many people are already preparing to welcome the beautiful and blessed month, whether that’s by meal planning, making up missed fasts from the last Ramadan, or trying to wean themselves off coffee. But for mothers of young children, many are wondering how they will get through the long, hot, summer days…

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PSA: Reverts Are Part of Ramadan, Too

Ramadan and I are old friends. From a young age, mother would always let me stay up well into the night to fold sambusas and fatayer for the next day. For me, Ramadan means sleepy eyes, knowing smiles, and a month of eating on the floor with my family and praying in between friends at…

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Ramadan Reflections: Eid Isn’t the End

As millions of Muslims bid farewell to the Holy month of Ramadan, the disbelief of a month flown by and an inner sense of inevitable loss is felt by Muslims everywhere. Anticipating and participating in the month of Ramadan is an introspective and highly meditative process, delving into deep self-reflection and a heightened sense of…

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Last Days of Ramadan: It’s Now or Never

We’ve reached the homestretch, girls. These are the last days of Ramadan… And you know what? None of us are guaranteed this opportunity again. Think of it like this: you really, really want to land this internship or job. You’ve been on the search for months for something perfect, and this one landed in front…

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Is Consumerism Hijacking Ramadan?

Religion nowadays, more or less, has become a descriptor of identity. It’s a common denominator when finding community in new areas or discussing political issues. It sets the individual apart from other groups in society — and, in other cases, it alienates groups out of society. The Muslim community has been quite acquainted with this…

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This Is a Month of Inward Focus

Part of being Muslim, especially a Muslim woman, is to understand solidarity. It’s something we have no problem doing when someone from the outside attacks us. We were all able to get on the same page when Palestine was the center of the news cycle. But what about now? What about in this month when…