Ramadan Story Collection

This collection features stories that represent the core values of Ramadan: service, generosity, community, and compassion.

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Baktash Ahadi: Serving the Greater Good

“Serving America in the country of my birth proved to be one of the proudest and most valuable experiences of my life. I had the honor of serving alongside brave American and Afghan soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to bring peace to Afghanistan. I have since made it my moral obligation to continue to serve people and causes that matter most to me.”

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Mohammad Hashim Pashtun: Finding True Leadership

Mohammad Hashim Pashtun describes his journey from displacement to belonging — and back to displacement, and finally belonging again.   I was born in Kandahar city, but only 6 months later, our family migrated to Quetta, Pakistan, a small town with a substantial minority of Afghan refugees. As a refugees in Pakistan, my father made […]

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Masoud Juya: A Life in Service to Humanity

“I think undertaking the Ph.D. program at this time in my life is the most significant strategic goal I am pursuing to serve human and humanity in the long run. Service to humanity is the only path that if you die on, you would never regret, regardless of what religion you believe in.”

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Kiran Ansari: Life Comes Full Circle with a Cyclical Ramadan

  Kiran Ansari shares her love for the varying Ramadan calendar.   I love how Ramadan comes at a different time each year. As Muslims follow the lunar calendar, Ramadan starts around ten days earlier every year. It may sound weird how this month-long holiday does not have a fixed date in our conventional Gregorian […]

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Gezim Kashtanjeva: An Immigrant’s Child’s Appreciation

“Being Albanian and being born in the U.S. has helped me grow and live side by side with people regardless of religious preference. One can only imagine the gratitude we pay to America for not allowing things to go further and for allowing refugees from our country into the States to seek asylum.”

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Jamilah Lasalle: A Lady in White Changed My Life

“I was so ecstatic, happy and full of life until reaching home and wondering what my mother would say? Would she disown me? Would she shun me? Islam was clearly not part of our Latin culture.”

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Ahmed Salim: Strengthening the Community From the Bottom, Up

“I first started off in politics when I was nineteen I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work for a senatorial campaign; little did I know, one of the people on the campaign would end up being the future president of the United States.”

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Zaher Sahloul: A Syrian American Doctor’s Journey

“Every Syrian dreams of the day that they will go back and try to rebuild what has been destroyed.”

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Sara Khan: Living A Generosity Driven Existence

“I would most like to be remembered as someone that was generous and gave back to those around me. I don’t want a life of a glamour, but a real, honest, generosity and love-driven existence.”

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Jasmina Bašić: Faith and Facing Expectation

“I’m afraid of mediocrity. As a Muslim, a woman, and a first-generation immigrant, I face certain additional challenges as I try to shoulder the weight of expectation placed upon me by my parents’ move to this country.”

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