Dr. Fathi Osman, renowned Muslim scholar in the United States and across the world, passed away on September 11th at the age of 82. The Cairo University and Princeton University grad was a leading voice for Modernism in Islam.
IN THE NEWS: In the midst of all of the current debate about what is plauging the Muslim community, a Muslim jurist has written a compelling piece on how the community’s leadership vaccum, lack of youth involvement in leadership circles, and lack of institutional innovation foster extremism, stangnacy, and apathy.
As brothers Husain and Hamza Abdullah continue to make headlines for fasting while preparing for their NFL season, a high school football team is gaining attention as well. “Fordson” is a feature-length documentary film that follows four star Muslim football players from a high school in Dearborn, Mich., as they prepare for their season during the month of Ramadan.
Athletes like Hakeem Olajuwon and Husain Abdullah have impressed us with their ability to keep up with fasting while playing sports during Ramadan. But professional athletes have nutritionists to help them maintain their performance during the holy month. So how about the rest of us who still need to be sharp and deliver results at the office while fasting? Here are some pointers from nutritional experts to help you finish Ramadan strong.
“Whether it is Western policy-makers seeking to protect themselves from Muslim extremists, humanitarian activists fighting to liberate silenced Muslims, or Muslims themselves responding to new paradigms faced in the 21st century, all are agreed that something within Islam needs to change. ”
While the health benefits of fasting are well known and this encourages many non-Muslims to fast along with their Muslim friends, there are a few health issues that arise for some from fasting. The National Health Service gathered advice from medical experts and Islamic scholars to address normal bodily reactions to fasting and methods to deal with them best.
Infectious disease is rampant during and after natural disasters and is one of the most detrimental health issues in already poverty-stricken countries. A month after the catastrophic floods that submerged 1/5 of Pakistan under water, aid slowly trickles in and will inevitably dwindle as the world forgets, as it did of the deadly earthquake in Haiti.
Peter Sanders, famous photographer of the rock and roll greats of the 60′s and 70′s, was one of the first Westerners to photograph the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. He later embraced Islam himself.
IN THE NEWS: The Boston Globe photography team has published its annual Ramadan photo collection showing Muslim men and women across the world observing the holy month. But this year, the editors invite budding photographers to share photos they feel define Ramadan for them and their loved ones.
While intensifying anti-Muslim rhetoric in this nation alone is cause for concern, on Wednesday came news of a Muslim cab driver (pictured) in New York City stabbed by a 21-year-old film student. Meanwhile, a drunk man entered a mosque in Queens, shouting at worshippers while urinating on prayer rugs. In times like these, we can’t help but feel threatened. We can’t help but ask, are we even seen as being American in this nation, or are we seen as a foreign threat or, worse, an enemy?
IN THE NEWS: Besides being a month focused on spirituality, Ramadan is also a time for celebration. In Istanbul, a project called “Ramadan’da Caz” (Jazz in Ramadan) is bringing together “the essence of Ramadan entertainment with modern cultural tastes.”
Every now and then, I get in to a conversation with someone who believes that US troops must leave Afghanistan at once and “give” the country back to the Afghans. It is quit difficult to explain to them that the situation in Afghanistan is not that simple. Withdrawal of US troops at this point means [...]
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