Ramadan Story Collection

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

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Zarina Baber: Giving Back Where Needed

“I collaborated with the Muslim physician community and various health care organizations and founded Al’Shifa free clinic in 1996. It is a part time volunteer based free clinic that serves the under-served and is open to anyone wanting to seek help.”

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Sedina Sinanovic: I Owe My Future to Bosnia; I Owe My Life to America

“I was naturalized in 2015, becoming a permanent American citizen. After ‘God Bless America’ played, I had emotions I never thought I would have: I felt proud and rooted.”

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Emad Rahim: To My Resilient City and the People of Syracuse, NY — We Need Empathy

“I think of the adversity that my mother had to overcome as a refugee. Surviving the Killing Fields of Cambodia, her husband — my father, tortured and executed, losing my older brother to starvation and escaping to the refugee camps of Thailand where she found hope in the creation of a new family.”

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Agha Mohsin Ali: Daughters and Sisters First

“When I raise my voice for the rights of any woman or girl, I feel happy that I am also raising my voice for the rights of my mother and sisters.”

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Diala Bazzi: My Mother, My Pillar

“It’s just finding reasons why and how I can make me better knowing that there’s people who support me and love me. There’s always one in your life.”

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Shifat Salam: Gratitude and Empathy

“I also feel alone in this society, which doesn’t always teach the right values to people and so it makes creating connections with other very difficult.”

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Turiya Abdur-Raheem: The Perfect Pious People

“Many more Muslims live here than when we first became Muslims. There are many more schools, stores, associations, conferences, conventions, inter-faith groups, even a college. Young Muslims really don’t have to go overseas anymore unless they happen to want that experience.”

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Yousef Askar: Holding Onto Memories

“Everything in life takes work and perseverance. Without my parents I wouldn’t be anything. I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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Ahmad Abdelrahim: Being Mindful of What I Have

“There are more people than we can fathom that are starving, that might not have a decent income, a house to live in, or clean water. So being mindful of this, I have realized how lucky my family and I are.”

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Naseem Kaduuh & Bayan Jaber: A Conversation on Identity

“We have a lot of the American traditions like Christmas. Even though we’re Muslims we still celebrate Christmas and that’s like a big thing in my family. But even at the same time, I feel like we’re a very American family, but very Lebanese at the same time.”

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