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Ramadan – A retreat into a time for deeper contemplation

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By Jezima Ismail A voice calls out the Adhan – the call for prayers – sometimes melodious, at other times just the reverse. The call is always welcomed. It ushers in important times in our prayer. During Ramadan it is no secret that most adherents wait for the evening call. It is the breaking fast time, iftar as it is read more

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10 ways to maximise the last days of Ramadan

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It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is heading down the final homestretch. The last few days of Ramadan are upon us, as Muslims from all over the world step up their efforts to make the most of every remaining moment. The last ten nights of Ramadan are are the most blessed and we should increase our worship and devotion as read more

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The Big Iftar : Muslims observe Ramadan in Jewish synagogue.

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What better way to bring people together than over food? A project which aims to encourage community cohesion between different faiths is taking place during the month of Ramadan Called the Big Iftar, the initiative encourages people of all backgrounds to break the fast after sunset with Muslims. This year's iftars, as they're known, are being hosted by mosques, churches read more

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RAMADAN ETIQUETTE GUIDE

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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 AltMuslimah.com  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

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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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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

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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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Are Digestive Problems Ruining Your Ramadan? – By Anisa Abeytia

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Your digestive tract is a self contained unit that doesn't (when working optimally) allow the food you consume to be absorbed and distributed to the body without first sterilizing, identifying and processing it. Without proper digestion there cannot be health. Not only is the health of the gut important for commonly known reasons, but the digestive tract is also home read more

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Expecting & Nursing Mothers in Ramadan : No Worries

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When Emma gave birth to her first child, Ramadan was only a few days away. For the first time, she found out what it was like not to fast during the holy month – for the whole month. She would spend hours in her room adjusting to life with a newborn. Her cycles included nursing, napping, tending to crying baby, read more

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9 steps to prepare for Ramadan

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  The righteous predecessors were very attentive to the worship to Almighty Allah, including paying great attention to the holy month of Ramadan. So it is known that many of them used to pray to Allah during 6 months after the end of Ramadan to accept their fasting, and then in 6 months they would ask Allah to allow to read more

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