Glimpses of Islam
Andy Dayton, associate web producer

I love this photo, one of many sent to us by Muslims around the country and around the world. It was submitted by Radwan Mohamed, a 24-year-old Muslim in Edmonton, Canada. I was happy to find that when I clicked through to Radwan’s reflection, I was also moved by her words:

"This year, Ramadan fell on the dog days of August and September, where the days are long and the night short. But yet of the 24 Ramadans I’ve been alive to see and of the 19 I’ve fasted, this one is by far the most important one where I’ve prayed the most, cried the most, asked for the most forgiveness and the most guidance. And for the first time, I’ve even lost some weight. But, more importantly, this Ramadan has reconfirmed to me that Islam is the only thing that can help you realize the simplicity of life and explain the complexity of death."

From thoughtful submissions like this one we’ve produced two programs — "Revealing Ramadan" and “Living Islam” (coming next week) — and a podcast for every day in the month of Ramadan. However, many of these voices didn’t quite make it into production (in Radwan’s case, we received her submission only a few days ago). They’re worth reading, whether you find them on our "Expressions of Muslim Identity" map, our Flickr page, or elsewhere. Have a look.

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