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September 19, 2009

How the Grinch Stole Ramadan

From a Muslim land far, far away
a little Muslimah waited day after day
For a greeting; an invite
a single Muslim to share one bite
In a time known for its charity
there was no sign of familarity
She pondered and prayed;
puzzled that their goodwill should be delayed
Oh Allah, Oh, Allah! How can it be?
there is not even one to share of their tea!
Eid morning is here and she strains to hear
but there is not even the sound of Eid morning takbeer!
Oh Allah! Oh Allah! I give thanks to Thee!
for with my two cats; together we make three!
And this afternoon while they're all at their feasts
my two cats and I will share our roast beast!
Eid Mubarak.


  1. Salam Alaikum:

    Aishah I was so shocked when we talked yesterday and you told me about how alone you were on EID. May Allah help all of us that don't have anyone on these special days. You i know were not the only one alone...may Allah help us to start reaching out more to others. Not to be shy to do so.

    Sis Sakinah

  2. As salamu alaykum sister.

    Jazakallahu Kayr. Thanks for sharing this beautiful message. I had a similar experience and it was not a fun one. I too am a convert, and last Eid I was going to be by myself and it was not a good feeling. So I called up sisters in my community to invite them over, and one invited me to her house after I invited her to mine. She had a big family, alhamdulilah, so it was easier for me as one person to go over there. I went because I wanted to be with muslims on that day but it made me wonder about how many others dont have that big muslim family to share Eid with.