30 First Dates: 13 Years On

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Every Ramadan is like a first date. But it’s not completely blind. We know each other. We’ve met each other before. But each time, it’s different. We’ve grown and have to learn new ways of being together. We have to relearn the taste of dates. The taste of a month-long date, the taste of many dates all month long, the taste of nutritious fiber for the soul.  Sure, I clean myself up, clean up the house, perfume … Continue reading

30 First Dates: ‘Muslim Me’

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Halima: I converted to Islam a few weeks before Ramadan when the days were short. I wanted to have a go at fasting before Ramadan. It was new, I had never fasted before. I broke my fast feeling a sense of achievement. Later on the phone I told my friend about my fast, that I hadn’t eaten all day, I had only had water and tea. No! That’s when I learned that Muslims have nothing to drink … Continue reading

30 First Dates: The Simple Things

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Q: Do you remember your first Ramadan fast? Andrea: Yes! I converted to Islam during Ramadan, so I actually fasted for a few days before saying the shahadah. Q: What year was it? Andrea: The year was 2005; I was 19 at the time. Q: Do you remember where you were and who you spent it with? Andrea: I was on a college campus (Truman State University), so I spent most of that Ramadan with Truman’s tiny Muslim … Continue reading

30 First Dates: Ramadan with a Texan Twist

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Emily: My first Ramadan fast was in fall 2004, a couple months after I converted to Islam. I was a 20 year old student at the University of Texas, and was still trying to figure out how everything worked.  I was really nervous before my firstRamadan, because I had no idea how fasting all day for an entire month would be – I had never done anything like it before. After my first few days of caffeine withdrawal, I was surprised at … Continue reading

30 First Dates: Missing Dates

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Katie: I converted to Islam a few short months ago on January 10, 2014 and was soon after married to a born-Muslim man on May 5, 2014.  This is the story of my first Ramadan. My “First Date” began with a cooler packed for a picnic.  My new husband had suggested that we celebrate the breaking of our fast (my first fast as a new Muslim) by having a sunset picnic at a local park. I loved the idea and was eager to … Continue reading