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Preparing for the Eid

The last ten nights of Ramadhaan are a time of increased prayer, contemplation, supplication and good works. Somewhere in these last ten nights is The Night of Decree, the night in which angels descend in abundance and there is peace in every matter. All supplications are answered in this blessed[…]

Night and Day

During the month of Ramadhaan, the Yemenis turn their worlds upside down. Night literally becomes day, and day becomes like night. We don’t follow this custom, preferring to keep things in their usual up and down state, but we can’t help but be affected by it throughout the entire month.[…]

Breaking Fast

It is about half an hour before time to break fast. The sun is slanting in the windows, whispering its goodbyes for the day. Outside, the dusty streets are filled with people hurrying…the old men who play dominoes for hours every afternoon are packing up their game board and pieces[…]

Smoke and Mirrors

It is the third night of Ramadhaan and the city skies are full of smoke. As the voices of imaams all over town are raised in the taraaweeh communal prayers, foul-smelling, swirling black clouds lazily reach upward to meet their clean, whispy-white brethren in the heavens. As people gather in[…]

Standing on the Edge

We are no strangers to turmoil, to change, to the search for something better for our family and our way of life. Since our marriage, we have lived in Wisconsin, Virginia, Maryland, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York state in America, and Sana’a, Ma’bar, Damaaj, and ash-Shihr since coming to[…]