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Ten Foods to Stay Nourished This Ramadan (Part 1)


If you are doing Ramadan right, your intake of food will be reduced, but that doesn’t mean you need to be malnourished. I’ll be sharing ten nutrient-dense foods and herbs that will help deliver the nutrients and support your body needs. These super foods will help reduce the discomforts of Ramadan fasting and help you adapt, keeping your immune and read more

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Around the world, Muslims observe Ramadan beginning with the sighting of the new crescent moon. The customs of the Islamic holy month are familiar to its faithful, but what do non-Muslims need to know about the month of fasting? Take a look back at a favorite post from  editors, Asma Uddin and Shazia Kamal Farook. In the next few read more

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Time to Quit Smoking is Now – By Raiiq Ridwan


According to a 2006 article published in the British Medical Journal, smoking rates are generally high in Muslim countries. The highest recorded rates among men were found to be in Yemen (77%) and in Indonesia (69%). Yemen also had the highest prevalence of smoking among women, where almost one third was found to smoke. The study reported that other Muslim read more

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Listen to the oldest known recording of a Qur’an recitation in Mecca


Despite lingering controversy over the actions of the man who recorded it, this recording of Surat Ad-Duhaa is said to be the oldest ever made, in 1885 by Dutch orientalist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. Regardless of his intentions, this is an invaluable asset for the archives and the images accompanying the footage stand in stark contrast to the modern-day Mecca.  

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Tips During Ramadan

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This photo post based on advice from Dr. Farouk Haffejee of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa (Durban) provides useful advice on how to avoid some common problems encountered in Ramadan. If followed, it would enable one to fast comfortably and enjoy fully the spiritual benefits of Ramadan.  All photos have been created by Afrah Awan and are a read more

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Ramadan Challenge: 30-Day Self Improvement Ideas


Ramadan is a month-long race towards righteousness. As Allah SWT says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” 1 It is a period of mindfulness, doing good and shunning sins. It is also a month of self-reflection, self-purification and self-discipline. Despite these opportunities, fasting read more

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Why Pork is Forbidden in Islam (Part 1) Obeying the Laws of God


Islam is a holistic way of life, taking into account physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being, each a separate but overlapping part of the structure of a human being. God created us with a purpose; to worship Him, but He did not abandon us to a world of instability and insecurity.  He gave us a book of guidance, the Quran, and read more

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Solution: The Morals Of the Qur’an


There are people who are persecuted and tortured to death: innocent babies, people who cannot even afford a loaf of bread, who sleep in cold weather, in tents and even on the streets, who cannot afford medical treatment, or who, despite being old and weak, have to wait for hours, or even days, for hospital care, people who are killed read more

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Facebook CEO Recommends Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah


In January 2015, Facebook’s cofounder Mark Zuckerberg launched A Year of Books, a Facebook page dedicated to reading and discussing books that emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. The recommendations up till now had been for mostly modern books. But the latest, the 11th, was the Muqaddimah, written in 1377 by the Arab Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun. read more

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