We first noticed Wattpad’s growing spiritual community when we stumbled on A Muslim’s Romantic Journey by KittyCrackers, a young writer based in London. Today this story, which tells of the religious courting of Safia by Yusuf, has almost 4.5 million reads. And it’s only one of almost 4,000 stories on Wattpad with Muslim themes.
AbdofRahman describes Wattpad’s Muslim community as “a wonderful big family” where “Despite the fact of our different nationalities, race, culture etc., we cheer, tease, critique, spam, go crazy about fictional characters, roll our eyes, guide, inspire, love.” Wattpadder how-about-no wants to help change the perception of Islam around the world:
"It's up to us - the Muslim community - to show what Islam really is, and how Muslims are just normal people. We come from all over the world, and we live in places all over the world; we study, we work, we have families, and we like to have fun, too. We might make different decisions, and do things differently based on our different beliefs, but, at the end of the day, we're all human."
Today marks the first day of Ramadan so we polled some of our Muslim writers to find out how they’ll be celebrating this month.
Hopemore explains the month of fasting:
"Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset and we refrain from eating, drinking, sins such as swearing/backbiting. We fast to think about people other than ourselves, who are less fortunate than us. We fast to cleanse ourselves spiritually and harness our self control. We celebrate the end of the month on Eid, by dressing up and having fun. Elders give the younger children money and sweets and we spend the day eating and meeting up with friends :) My favorite part of Ramadan is definitely Eid!"
KittyCrackers will be looking inward:
"My favourite part of Ramadan is everyone trying to make themselves better and becoming more charitable."
"My favorite part of the holiday is the kind of sincerity, unity, peacefulness, and just the plain good present in people."
Wattpadder Miss_atkbm explains:
"I guess, all in all Ramadan reminds us privileged people to appreciate and be grateful for every morsel or food or water that we may take for granted."
Check out the reading list Stories of My Ummah to learn more. Ramadan Kareem!