Alone with Allah
A few memorable Ramadan reflections
"I was a new Muslim in a new city and had not figured out where a mosque was or if there even was one. I didn't know any Muslims either, so I would fast all day (often having to take a siesta after Dhur under my desk in my office hehe) and then would come home and make egg white omelette with steamed broccoli religiously for Iftar. I never felt alone SubhanAllah and always felt Allah was with me.
It was just me in my little apartment, my prayer mat and Allah. I never knew if I was even praying taraweeh correctly, but I did my best. I was also teaching myself how to pray and had a trusty printout from the Internet with transliteration and pictures to guide me. I used to beg Allah to keep the rope between Him and me tight - and boy did he ever. It was that time I used to have dreams of our Prophet (PBUH). Humbling to spend the days and nights totally alone." -Jaclyn Marie
Ramadan and Juliet
"I was leading a school trip abroad during Ramadan. There was a non-Muslim boy on the trip who liked one of the girls and would be around her alllll the time. One day he wanted to fast with me. I explained to him that fasting wasn't just about not eating and drinking but being a better person, being mindful of what you say, resisting temptation, etc. So he took it on board and that whole day didn't speak to the girl! I told him, 'You're allowed to speak to her you know.' And he said, 'No, too much temptation!' The poor girl must have wondered why he'd ditched her!" -Nausheen Asma Lal
An Unexpected Feast!
"My most memorable Iftar was when I had something really simple to break my fast as I was alone. I was feeling slightly down thinking I haven't eaten all day but the kids were little and I hadn't had time to cook. Knock knock…opened the door, there was my beautiful Somali neighbour with a feast for me, she sat down singing dhikr!
Knock knock…. my Pakistani neighbours had brought a feast for me!
Sat down with a huge grin on my face. Knock knock… My Indian neighbour with a huge pot of rice pudding, needless to say I was overjoyed and so thankful to Allah (SWT)." -Lisa Roberts
A British Iftar
"My most memorable of iftars was when my two eldest daughters had taken shahada, both at different times and for our very first iftar as a girly family we all went to the mosque many many years ago together with my two born-Muslim children and ate there together.
When we got there we saw a sea of British reverts…even today we all remain in contact and that was 20 years ago. Still at some point in Ramadan I see the same ladies at iftar, who without being Muslim, we would probably have never crossed paths with." -Aysha Javaid
Sibling Rivalry and
"My fond memory is of when both my brother and I were very young and we really wanted to fast. Our parents told us that, if we breathed into a glass then covered it, we could eat something and take the breath back in and our fast will remain unbroken. We actually believed it! But my brother would try to uncover my glass and I would try to uncover his… so many fights and arguments over this!" -Bablin Molik
Arabic Looks The Same
Upside Down Right?
"So I've been coming to iftar at the mosque over the past four-ish years now.
The first year I sat with everyone and took everything in, learning as much as I could. The second year, I thought I've done this before so when people were reading from the Quran, I decided I'd pick up a book to take part. I picked up my book, opened it and people started reading. I felt like I was doing well, until a friend looked over at me and told me I was holding the book upside down!" - Ceri Burrows