ICNA Shares Reflections from Converts on Their First Ramadan

by | Apr 22, 2024 | AM Newswire

A recent article on Muslim Affairs by ICNA reflects on the Ramadan stories that three converts shared. 

Ramadan for the first time can be challenging for new Muslims, with some feeling excited and supported, while others may feel isolated, inadequate or new at something. However, there are ways to adjust to the challenges and reap the blessings of Ramadan. 

Three converts shared their experiences and tips for new Muslims who might find themselves in similar situations.

The story of EVA Sasa 

Eva Sasa, born in Milan, Italy, embraced Islam in college in 1999 and married her husband shortly after. Her first Ramadan was special, as she would break fast with her husband’s family and attend taraweeh prayer. Her parents were supportive, and her husband’s large family provided support. Eva also shared advice for new Muslims, such as finding a convert group, choosing a suhoor wisely, and regularly reading the Quran.

Developing an ear for Arabic and purchasing a journal-type notebook to write down duas for family, friends, global prayers, and personal prayers can help new Muslims navigate the challenges and reap the blessings of Ramadan.

The Story of Shaylene Haswarey 

Shaylene Haswarey, a pregnant convert, shares her experience of her first Ramadan, where she was unable to fast due to morning sickness. Instead, she joined a group of Muslims to help Kosovar refugees during Ramadan. She hosted a family during Eid, and the family received gifts and a humbling experience. Shaylene realized how fortunate she was to have experienced the same hardships as the refugees.

The Story of Eric Maase

Eric Maase, a thirteen-year-old convert, shares his first Ramadan with fasts lasting around fifteen hours. He didn’t focus on fasting but was supported by his in-laws. He recommends focusing on each day, remembering Allah more, and enjoying the moments during the month. Practical tips for new converts include eating slowly digestible foods, reducing caffeine consumption, drinking plenty of water between iftar and suhoor, and not overeating at iftar.

Visiting a local mosque before Ramadan begins is highly recommended for those spending the holy month alone. Immersing oneself in the local Muslim community is the most likely way to reap the benefits of Ramadan. Breaking the fast with other Muslims and praying shoulder-to-shoulder in congregational prayers is a wonderful way to feel the warmth of brotherhood/sisterhood.

If this was your first Ramadan, pray for patience, God-consciousness, a welcoming Muslim community, and a deeper connection with your Creator.

Read the full article here.

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