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The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong) Al-Baqarah 2:185

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Ramadan Experiences by MWA Member Fatimah As-Salafy

The fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islaam. Millions of Muslims all over the world worship Allaah (swt) in this manner from dawn to sunset for 29-30 days. The manner in which the fast is broken and the food that is eaten after the fast are different from country to country.

As a new Muslim I spent my first Ramadan in Seattle, Washington, USA. Seattle is very multi-cultural. The mosque I attended had people from all over the world. I would go to the mosque at the time of Maghrib and break fast, pray and eat. I loved the experience of socializing with Muslims in this way. I had never experienced this kind of unity and love before. Little did I know, that my travels in later years would give me a level of unity greater than this. (read more)


Fatimah As-Salafy resides originally from Birmingham, Alabama. At the age of 24 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she became Muslim in 1995. Shortly thereafter Fatimah relocated to Seattle, Washington where she was embraced by a community comprised of Somali, Cambodian, Indonesian and Malaysian Muslims; an environment that triggered her desire to travel. In 2000 she moved to Cairo, Egypt where she began to memorize Quran and learn to speak Arabic. She currently lives in Omdurman, Sudan where she teaches English for Cambridge International. Fatimah writes about her experiences traveling, acculturating to different cultures, homeschooling and self-sufficiency and is the author of a small ebook called, "Who Put Worms in the Cheese? A World Traveler's Survival Guide" available for purchase at (Paypal only).

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