Ramadan’s Joy even with Lockdown

Making This Ramadan the Best Ever: US Muslims Share Plans

“I plan to make this Ramadan the best ever by using this isolation to elevate my relationship with Allah and abandon my distractions” – Sabirah Nina from Philadelphia

“I plan to make this the best Ramadan ever by detaching from the world and attaching to Allah alone. I am dumping rituals and focusing on consistent spiritual practices” – Umm Sumaiyah 

Umm Sumaiyah and husband 
Umm Sumaiyah and husband 
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“I will read my daily reading from the Qur’an and study and pray more than the minimum” – Hadayai Majeed

“I’m planning to make this the best Ramadan by getting closer to the Creator and bonding my immediate family together” – Nicole Graham

“I plan to make my intentions to have my best Ramadan, focus on preparing simple nourishing meals, be grateful for my beautiful home, healthy food options and loving family, making a schedule and focusing on the quality of my ibadah activities. It is my hope to continuously thank and remember Allah for allowing me the opportunity of another Ramadan to seek His mercy,  forgiveness, and freedom from the hellfire” — Yaqutullah Ibraheem

Yaqutullah Ibraheem
Yaqutullah Ibraheem

“I plan to have more heartfelt conversations with Allah,” Shahidah Abdurrahman shared with AboutIslam.net.

Shahidah Abdurrahman
Shahidah Abdurrahman

“I plan to complete the Qur’an in my Native language – English. I think it’s very important because many people focus on finishing the Qur’an and if they know how to read Arabic they want to finish it in Arabic,  however, if they do not know the Arabic language,  they miss out on the meaning of what they are reading. I’ve completed the Qur’an in Ramadan in the past, but never in English. Last year I started the process, and realized how much I was missing, and how much guidance is actually in the Qur’an,” Rahimah Mujahid from Georgia shared with AboutIslam.net.

Rahimah Mujahid 
Rahimah Mujahid 

“I plan to establish a schedule and stick to it this Ramadan. I want to complete the Quran, study the seerah, and take care of my diet this year” — Kassim Zaid

“I plan to truly forgive those who hurt me and ask for forgiveness from those whom I have hurt” — Halleema Munoz

Halleema Munoz 
Halleema Munoz 

Allah wants good for us

These stories represent the triumph and fortitude of American Muslims, as they approach a month of uncertainty and change.

Ramadan is a month that has always been designed to disconnect from the outside world and connect to the internal world within our own souls.

Our aim is to connect to Allah with minimal distractions and to identify ways to truly benefit from a month of remembrance and worship. Ultimately, we accept Allah’s divine decree and believe in the good that He bestows upon us.

وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ 

“But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” [Surah Al-Baqarah:216]

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About Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MACE - Muslims Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities. She is an Educational Leader and Social Advocate, who partners with educators, community leaders, and activists to advocate for inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of non-profit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality, and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.