Day 1 - Samar Jarrah: “Fasting in a Place Like No Other”
Revealing Ramadan: 30 Days, 30 Voices [mp3, 4:28]
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Our opening voice on this first day of Ramadan is Samar Jarrah, a Kuwait-born Palestinian-American who says there is no better place to celebrate Ramadan than in her adopted country of the United States. She eloquently captures a sentiment that we hear from many foreign-born Muslims who have immigrated to the U.S. — that being a Muslim in America is to practice and to know her faith in a way she would never have discovered while living in predominantly Muslim countries of her family, whether it be in Kuwait or Jordan or Egypt.
And, she expresses such joy and delight in discovering Islam anew. You can hear it in her tone. She’s still excited, and it’s been more than 20 years since she moved to the U.S. Hearing her story about rushing back from the Middle East to celebrate Ramadan in her adopted country is a testament of what this country has to offer even in the midst of some controversial debates.
Check back on this blog each day or on our Facebook page to hear a new voice in our “Revealing Ramadan” series. If you’re the on demand type or simply need a more automated form of listening, we’ve produced a special podcast feed that’s available now. Oh, and a special show too!