With Ramadan’s end comes prayers of peace, hope and fulfillment.Ramadan is almost over and as always it’s been an extremely busy holy month for Muslims. Fasting and worship aside, Ramadan means so much to so many people around the world. Here are some highlights, both good and bad, from this year’s Ramadan. Charity projects received much attention this year, as they always do. However, because of islamophobic narratives of Muslims in many parts of the world, charitable causes gained even more prominence than usual. LaunchGood, the crowdfunding website of choice for and by Muslims, started the Ramadan Challenge, where donors received a daily email with suggested projects to support. Ordinary Muslims from all over the world supported diverse projects such as refugee relief, children’s playgrounds and Arabic classes.
I’m not guaranteed Ramadan next year – with Islamophobia increasing, I’m not even guaranteed tomorrow.By Hafsa Quraishi TW//Violence and murder. Yesterday, I arrived at my local mosque while 'intermission' was going on, during which prayer is paused to give people a break between the long, nightly supplication. It’s the final ten days of Ramadan, a time when attendance at mosques are especially high because of the holiness encompassing these last few days. Though it was late in the evening, the mosque was boisterous with activity – kids were running around, yelling and chasing each other; a group of women were seated in a circle, likely discussing community events and the older teens were playing basketball in the court my brother lovingly built with money he fundraised. Fairy lights ran around the perimeter of the building twinkling blues and greens. It was quite a sight to see. Yet, all I could think of was how these children and adults that surrounded me might not be here the following night. I spent the last few weeks fasting, praying and trying to be my best self. I had a number of goals I wanted to accomplish this year – attend the nightly prayer, taraweeh, every night, read the entire Qur’an and be kinder to others. My human nature kept me from meeting most of these goals, and while that frustrated me, I kept reminding myself that I can always try to accomplish them next year – but the reality is, I’m not guaranteed Ramadan next year – with Islamophobia increasing, I’m not even guaranteed tomorrow.
Ramadan is one of those times when non-Muslims have many questions, but aren't quite sure how to ask them. It’s time for a primer on this month and all that it entails.Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, is upon us once more. More than 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world—more than 23% of the world population—is celebrating this month in some way or another. In the United States, anywhere from 1 to 6 million Muslims (depending on the estimates), will be participating in Ramadan. This year has already begun with some terrible news involving Muslims: two girls were harassed for being Muslim (only one of them actually was) in Portland by a white supremacist, and their defenders were killed.
The creator of QueerPK speaks about harassment, threats and his decision to close the site. QueerPK, which stands for Queer Pakistan, was shut down by Pakistani government officials with little hope for a relaunch. The website stood as a beacon of hope for