For neurodiverse Muslims, Ramadan presents extra challenges

by | Apr 20, 2023 | Religion

(Interfaith America ) — Days often pass in a blur for Sumejja Pasanbegovic.Hours go by and she is unable to physically move or get herself to run an errand, or pray, or read the Quran — all the things she had planned to do when she woke up. Sometimes, if she forgets the verses she recited a few seconds before, she cries on the prayer mat out of frustration, redoing the prayer repeatedly. She frequently cannot recall what she did for most of the day, or where the time went.
Pasanbegovic suffers from ADHD — attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, a neurodiverse condition that can affect an individual’s perception of time and ability to focus. It can manifest as obsessive compulsions, brain fog, rapid mood changes and other symptoms. It is one syndrome that falls under the loose term “neurodiversity,” which simply describes a variation in experience of the world, in school, at work or through social relationships. Autism spectrum disorders and dyspraxia are other common disorders commonly described this way.
For millions of Muslims around the world, neurodiversity can affect their ability to practice their faith, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, a time of intensive prayer, alone and in crowded and bustling rooms at the mosque.

“I absolutely face challenges practicing my faith due to my ADHD — particular …

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