Nura Maznavi

Nura Maznavi

The author is a writer, attorney, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" and "Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy." She tweets @LoveInshallah twitter.com/LoveInshAllah

Why I’m not fasting this Ramazan

According to family legend, I first fasted—for a day—at the age of four. I have no clear memory of this fast, although I do have the vague recollection of walking into the kitchen while my mom prepared iftar and her asking, “If you’re fasting, why are you sucking on a lollipop?” Ramazan in our house was a big deal. Ramazan meant we could—at least for a month—pretend we were adults. I insisted on fasting the entire month starting at the age of seven.  My parents agreed, but with three stipulations: I had to wake up for sehri, eat whatever was served during sehri (generally, ...

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