The Anxiety of Rituals

By Diana Rahim Rituals have always been a fraught topic for me. For a long time I associated them with a vacuous, rigid religiosity I found unfulfilling; the Islam of my childhood often taught through fear and rigid enforcement of rituals to ensure compliance. Even as a child I was aware that adults knew rituals were simply not…

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In this month of Ramadan, we will be launching a blog series on “Rituals”. Ramadan is usually a time when Muslims engage in rituals such as fasting, nightly prayers, dzikir, ngaji (reciting the Quran) and more. This blog series will share stories from Muslims in Singapore on their experiences and thoughts on these rituals and…

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