“Ramadan for me has always been an opportunity for deep, dedicated introspection. This lens is achieved through extreme focus, dedicating time to prayer and community. However, this year there is a palpable difference, the introduction of a president with such overwhelming power and such absolute disdain and ignorance of my faith has forced me to think beyond only my personal growth in Islam.
Gone are the days of just standing in prayer asking for protection from God from all things evil, as they are replaced with specific detailed prayers to protect my immigrant parents adorning the head scarf and long beard, living in the middle of Kentucky. But rather than succumb to fear and lack of hope, my faith is further fortified in this Trump era as I meet remarkably talented and pious people actively fighting for not only Islam in America but for any underserved and marginalized communities. In a sense, the fear and distraught that Trump has initially created only further motivation and has strengthed all my prayers and actions during this holy month of Ramadan.”
(Submissions have been excerpted and lightly edited for clarity.)