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Hosts of #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast reflect on Ramadan

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Zahra Noorbakhsh (left) and Taz Ahmed are both contributors to the book "Love, Inshallah: The Secret Lives of Muslim Women." /Sabiha Basrai

This week marked the close of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

The focus is on introspection, but this peace was disrupted by various attacks on Islam around the world, like in Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. This in addition to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh from the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim have been reflecting on Ramadan, from the way they observed the holy month as kids to now. 

"I remember Ramadan just being a holiday that I had at home and everyone else had Christmas growing up," says Ahmed.

"How I choose to practice is a lot different now so one of the things that me and Zahra are a part of is we were doing poetry day for Ramadan. For me, writing is a form of meditating." 

Noorbakhsh remembers the Ramadan as a festive time too, but no longer observes the fast. 

"I grew up with a lot of disorder eating habits so the idea of starving yourself and then binging at night just by itself is really triggering for me. And so I find other ways of being able to have that contemplative time," says Noorbakhsh. 

But the attacks in different Muslim countries around the globe have made this particular Ramadan rough on the Muslim community, says Ahmed. 

"I think in times like these that's what Ramazan is for. It's a month of endurance, it's a month of community, it's a month of connecting with community and in that sense that's what it's there for, to remind us how much we need each other," says Noorbakhsh. 

Audio coming soon.

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