Posts tagged "fasting"

An End Of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord Beautiful Beloved Lord My God: The month of Ramadan is coming to a close, and I cannot hide anything from You: Yes, I feel a lot of happiness. I am happy that I can eat and drink again during the day, and I’m... Read more »

An End of Ramadan Prayer

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord On the occasion of the end of Ramadan, I offer this prayer to the Beloved Lord my God: Forgive, my Lord, forgive this wretched soul The one, my Lord, who shuddered from fast’s toll Forgive, my Lord, forgive pathetic man The one, my... Read more »

My Ramadan Jihad

In the Name of God, the Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord At the beginning of Ramadan, I shared with everyone my internal dialogue about having to fast the long (and frequently hot) days of July. Now that Ramadan is almost over, I must admit that…it has indeed been a struggle. Fasting, to remind everyone,... Read more »
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An Internal Dialogue About Ramadan in July

In the Name of the Infinitely Good and Compassionate Beloved Lord July 9 marks the first day of Ramadan. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims must forgo food and drink (yes, even water) during the daylight hours. Because the Islamic sacred calendar is lunar, Ramadan will fall during the summer... Read more »

There's Nothing We Can't Do

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved At long (very, very long) last, today is the last day of Ramadan. Tomorrow morning, I plan to – God willing – enjoy my first cup of coffee in the daylight hours since July 19. To say that I am not happy would be lying... Read more »

The Guilt That Ramadan Brings

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved Ramadan is a very special time. Yes, we are fasting, and although the day is quite long, so far, it has not been that bad. Yet, more than just the fasting, it is a time of spiritual renewal. It is a time of deep reflection.... Read more »
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Patheos: I Fast for Him, and Him Alone

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Beloved This was published on Patheos.  For the past six months, at least, I have felt a growing sense of dread. That dread has grown more acute as July 20 came and went. That is because, on July 20, the month of Ramadan started. So now... Read more »

Washington Post: A Muslim's Love-Hate Relationship With Ramadan

In the Name of the Compassionate and Infinitely Merciful Precious Beloved This appeared in the Washington Post.   I love the summer time. It is so much better than the winter, especially in my home town of Chicago. In fact, I start looking forward to the summer on December 21, because the days start to... Read more »

A Ramadan Reflection

Alas this is the last time I see you in daylight. And that is why I have so much fright. But I must stop being so short of sight. Yes, for thirty days I may not have this delight. But I must not let my desires take flight. The Beloved has asked that my weaknesses... Read more »
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