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

30 First Dates: Gentle Steps

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Imelda: It was a time of great upheaval and change when I did my first Ramadan. I think the structure and focus grounded me in what were further personal challenges to come. I was living with a non-Muslim friend who already thought I had taken leave of my senses in converting. When I explained that I wouldn’t be able to eat with her or at all until 9.30 (it being one of the longer days that year), … Continue reading

30 First Dates: A Gift from God

Rabata presents the Ramadan series, 30 First Dates, where we share heartwarming stories of converts’ challenges and successes in fasting their first Ramadan.  Rebecca: I was living in the old medina of Fes in my first Ramadan, in 2010. I had taken my shahada in Spain just a few weeks before Ramadan. Subhanallah, it was totally unexpected so I was a bit worried about not being able to follow through with prayer and fasting. In the beginning, I preferred not to tell many people about my conversion. By that time I had started becoming close to my neighbors in Fes … Continue reading

30 First Dates: A Chilean Experience

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? Mical: Yes, I was not yet a Muslim but had many friends who were Muslim and decided to fast in this blessed month. I was already learning about Islam but still thought it was an extremely big step in my life so still did not want to take it. Q: What year was it? Mical: 2010, I was 19 years old Q: Do you remember where you were and … Continue reading

Badr

In Shaʿbān, in the second year of the hijra, fasting in Ramadan became an obligation upon the Muslims. The Battle of Badr occurred one month later, on the seventeenth of Ramadan. The Messenger ﷺ left Medina on the twelfth night of Ramadan with 314 men. They had only 70 camels, so every three men took turns on one. The Prophet ﷺ himself shared a camel with two other men. The young Muṣʿab b. ʿUmayr carried the large white standard, and ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib and Saʿd b. Muʿādh carried the standards of the Muhājirīn and the Anṣār. The idolaters were … Continue reading