Before ISIS came to the world consciousness, photographer (and former Preemptive Love Coalition intern) Lydia O. Phillips explored different faith stories during Ramadan. In a two-part series, we share what Ramadan looked like through her eyes. If you missed Part 1, read more here.
Day 18: "During Ramadan I can't sell pizza so I sell this juice for take-away instead" -Miran, pizza store owner
Day 19: "Fasting is the fact in all religions, but in the Holy Qu'ran we have two words for it. The first is for fasting from speaking, as Zechariah the uncle of Mary did. The second is for collective fasting, as we find in Ramadan." -El Hajj Shamal Al-Mufti, direct descendent from the Prophet Mohammad.
Day 20: "I've been fasting every day, but just for today I'm not because I'm too sick." -Abu, 16
Day 21: "I guess the part I like most about Ramadan is the part where I'm not fasting." -Shawn, 21
Day 22: "I can divide the human body into two halves, body and soul. We feed the body with food and the soul with worship. Ramadan is the platform for enriching your soul" -Professor Ali
Day 23: Chro (name changed) spends the long afternoons of Ramadan sewing and making clothes for women in the city. "I have a sort of factory," she jokes.
Day 25: "During Ramadan its not so different for us because we work just as hard and (for that reason) do not fast. But I cannot answer anymore questions because I will burn my bread." -Awat, tanoor baker
Day 26: "Ramadan creates a big conversation between all of the Muslim nations. Together, we are all breaking our fast at the same. This creates communication without the differences of our skins or languages." -Dr. Haual Abu-bakir, Professor of Human Sciences
Day 27: "I've only been working at making this Nasowjy for one month. Its special for Ramadan (and) because I am fasting I cannot work my usual hard jobs. -Yousef
Day 28: "Ramadan is a very holy month. In the world and across all the Muslim countries and including Kurdistan, it makes a different situation for these countries. Together they are fasting, praying, getting up in the night to eat and pray--together. As an artist, this is great inspiration to me." -Ismail Khayat, artist
Day 29: As this month draws to an end we're reminded of what Ramadan is: "A month full of good and full of GOD's mercy." -Shene
Day 30: "Ramadan is like a school to teach Humanity lessons for all peoples and fasting is a great way to rejuvenate your body. Ramadan is full of happiness and expecting great events-- it's a month of to be closer for God." -Hiwa