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The On Being Project

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Revealing Ramadan

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al.

Revealing Ramadan

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.
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  • Samar Jarrah

    Samar Jarrah

    is the co-host of True Talk, a global affairs talk show on WMNF in Tampa. She grew up in Kuwait.

  • Wajahat Ali

    Wajahat Ali

    is the creative director at Affinis Labs. He was previously the co-host of the Al Jazeera America show, The Stream. He’s a playwright, and a first-generation Pakistani-American.

  • Sahar Ullah

    Sahar Ullah

    is a PhD student at Columbia University studying Arabic and Comparative Literature.

  • Ibrahim Al-Marashi

    Ibrahim Al-Marashi

    is a professor of Middle East History at California State University in San Marcos. He has also taught in Turkey and Spain.

  • Mary Hope Schwoebel

    Mary Hope Schwoebel

    is a former senior program officer in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace. She is a professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at NOVA Southeastern University.

  • Adnan Onart

    Adnan Onart

    is a poet. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is an active Muslim member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

  • Feruze Faison

    Feruze Faison

    grew up in Istanbul and now lives and teaches elementary school in New York.

  • Maria Romero

    Maria Romero

    is Mexican-American, a lawyer, and a mother. She lives in Seattle.

  • Tayyaba Syed

    Tayyaba Syed

    is a Pakistani-American author, freelance journalist, and writing coach. She is a writer for Umm Nura’s chapter book series for children, Jannah Jewels.

  • Yanina Vaschenko

    Yanina Vaschenko

    emigrated from Russia to Dallas, Texas when she was eight years old. She is a bilingual elementary school teacher. She grew up in the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Allee Ramadhan

    Allee Ramadhan

    is a retired federal prosecutor and the father of 11 children. He lives in New York.

  • Ilana Alazzeh

    Ilana Alazzeh

    is a multimedia artist and photographer in Washington, D.C. She is the founder of D.C. Townhall Dialogues and Muslims Against Homophobia and LGBT Hate.

  • Nadia Sheikh Bandukda

    Nadia Sheikh Bandukda

    is an attorney specializing in labor and employment issues.

  • Nicole Queen

    Nicole Queen

    is a photographer living in Dallas, Texas.

  • Shabiha Shariff

    Shabiha Shariff

    lives in Dallas, Texas where she volunteers with the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

  • Steven Longden

    Steven Longden

    is a Mancunian who converted to Islam in 1993.