Ramadan and Eating Disorders: Mercy Towards Ourselves and Others

Anonymous This post is a reflection on a beautiful halaqa given by Ustadh Saquab and a personal reflection on my first experience of volunteering at the RTP. Ustadh Saquab related to us the account of Moses’ journey in Surah Al-Kahf, a chapter relevant to youth, culture and social change. We were asked to reflect upon…

Check your privilege – being grateful.

Atika Dawood The most well-known meaning behind Ramadan, the explanation taught to us through our school lives, is that this month of the Islamic calendar is one through which [Muslims] abstain from food and water from dawn till dusk in order to remember those who are less fortunate and to be grateful for what we…

Choosing Kindness as a Way of Life

Tuba Mazhari To put it mildly, the past week has been an unusual week for those of us in the United Kingdom. Last week marked the culmination of the EU referendum: Whether we should stay or leave the European Union. The consequences of the majority decision, to leave, are yet to be seen in their…

Ramadan – Make it Count

Samra Said It’s almost last ten days of Ramadan. You look around and take a deep sigh, Is it so late, you ask? You meant to read more, To be kind more, to give more, To pray more, to seek more, Here you are though, standing still, Pondering on those young souls, Who day in…

Muslim Identity – Why Religion Matters

Atika Dawood Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) can be described using many positive words, but the adjective that is my favourite is ‘inclusive.’ However, after describing RTP as ‘inclusive’ on countless occasions I paused to unpack and question what this really means. And in a nutshell inclusivity is acceptance – or to use what seems to…

Morals and Lessons from Ramadan

Tuba Mazhari In a lot of households, preparation for Ramadan can start a while before the onset of Ramadan itself. In my own household, this preparation usually takes the form of my mother and aunts (and a reluctant me) getting together and preparing lots of unhealthy food. It is put away in the freezer, ready…

British and Muslim: Insights from an Impossibly Hip British Muslim Woman.

Tabetha Bhatti The following pertains to the personal experience of an impossibly hip, twenty something, British Muslim woman of Pakistani descent (me). I’ve never struggled in social situations. A quintessentially extrovert personality – some friends would say ‘intermittently obnoxious, somewhat brash Londoner’, but what do they know (?)- I’ve never shied away from human interaction…

The First Time I Fasted: Converts, Non-Muslims, and Ramadan

Heidi Green The first time I learned about Ramadan I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s incredibly admirable, but I would never ever do that!” I was at an event at SOAS University and as I listened to Muslim scholars describe their experiences fasting for 30 days non-stop I was amazed. As I wrote about the…

How You Can Support Ramadan Tent Project

Samra Said Now somewhere near you stands Ramadan Tent Project (RTP), it’s gate wide open to its guests, who come from all walks of life, all hoping to break their fast with friends. We must have served thousands of you, from students whom library becomes their seconds homes to the professionals who need a break…

The Muslim Woman: An Illusion of Sorts.

Tuba Mazhari In the past few Ramadans, I have “oohed and aahed and gazed in admiration at the purple shirted volunteers of the Ramadan Tent Project (RTP). Like a proud mother I watched them serve food to others, all while having fasted themselves the entire day. I have thought to myself “they’re doing their bit….

How I Learned the Meaning of Ramadan

Atika Dawood Aged 5, Ramadan was the time that came every year when everyone in my family would fast but me. I am the youngest, arguably most stubborn, sibling and I did not like being left out so I would insist on keeping the fast. My parents allowed me to do so as the fasts…

RTP Founder at the Forefront of Integration Discussions in the UK

Earlier this month, the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and Institute of British Geographers (IBG) hosted an event titled, “21st Century Challenges: Integrated Britain?” The event was held to discuss integration in Britain and explore the question, “Are We Sleepwalking into Segregation?” Over the last decade