A convert’s quick guide to Ramadan – part 3: Creating Community, Combating Loneliness. If you’re a revert and looking for a little guidance to help you get through Ramadan, Jessica is here to help. Here’s Part 1: Fasting. Here’s Part 2: Extra Ibadah (Acts of Worship)
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A Convert’s Quick Guide to Ramadan
Part 3: Creating Community, Combating Loneliness
For many of us, Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr can be an isolating and lonesome experience. If you recently took your shahada and are struggling to find connection within the Muslim community, or you are a more seasoned convert whose heart still suffers during this time, I hope this guide can create a path toward community, increased taqwa (God-consciousness), and spiritual fulfillment that will bring you joy during the Holy Month.
Visit the Mosque
If this option is available to you now, then find time to go at least once or twice a week. Being surrounded by other Muslims will lift your spirits and make you feel less alone. If this option is not available to you this year, then look for virtual programs from your mosque. This can be watching live khutbahs (sermons), short Ramadan-related talks, or viewing tarawih prayers online. Some mosques might have online groups for converts or the wider community to connect.
Find Online Support
Every year, organizations like Yaqeen Institute, Al Maghrib Institute, and Rabata (just to name a few) release inspiring Ramadan-related content. Increasing your knowledge of Islam can draw you closer to Allah. When we strengthen our relationship with the Creator, we can find solace in His company. We are reminded that we are never truly alone.
You can also look for convert groups or Ramadan-related social media groups. For female converts, Rabta offers special virtual programs where sisters can worship together.
Reach out to Muslim and Non-Muslim Family and Friends
During my first Ramadan, I had a non-Muslim friend who ate iftar with me multiple times during the month. It’s important to not forget about our support networks which existed prior to conversion. We can find comfort and support in trustworthy and supportive non-Muslim friends and family members just as we can with fellow Muslims. Although we might not be able to see all of our loved ones in person this year, we can find ways to connect virtually.
If you are experiencing difficulties with your previous support network after converting, then try to reach out to the Muslims you know by sending a simple text or email. For many, it can feel like you are forgotten amongst the excitement of family gatherings and traditions during Ramadan, but don’t let this deter you from reaching out. If you don’t know many Muslims, then seek out those online support networks or consider emailing your mosque’s dawah or outreach committee directly.
Jessica Daqamsseh is a published poet, writer and educator from North Carolina. To learn more about her work, please visit www.jessicadaqamsseh.com or follow her on IG @j.daqamsseh