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.
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.
A 73-page report published last week, “‘They Took Me and Told Me Nothing’: Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan,” documents the experiences of young girls and women who undergo female genital mutilation against a backdrop of conflicting messages from some religious leaders and healthcare professionals about the practice’s legitimacy and safety.
IN THE NEWS: There’s a growing number of Muslim-run free health clinics in the United States, including at least two in Chicago that were featured in this recent public radio segment. For the doctors at the Chicago clinics, providing health services is not just about a Muslim identity or only helping Muslim patients. Yet the tenets of Islam do guide the physicians.
IN THE BLOGOSPHERE: I once attended a talk by the motivational Muslim speaker and activist Amr Khaled, one of Time Magazine’s most influential people, during which he told me that to be an influential Muslim, first aspire to be a successful Muslim. But how do you define success? And where do you get it from? This inspirational and intriguing talk by Simon Sinek, posted this month, addresses these questions and examines how great leaders inspire action.
IN THE NEWS: There is a push for greener Hajj procedures by the emerging environmental movement within the Islamic world. As one of the largest human populations in the world, the Muslim community plays a huge role in environmentalism and taking care of our planet.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in an era when it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know about or isn’t part of the “green” movement. In addition to government agencies, corporations, and non-profits, Muslim groups are stepping up to the challenge of addressing and preventing further damage to our environment. Saving the planet from destruction, they say, is not the only incentive for going green.
IN THE NEWS: There have been a lot of discussions among federal agencies since the beginning of the Obama administration on how best to protect the United States from a cyber attack. Many times, the fear of an attack is focused on countries that have become bases for extremism, but what gets lost in the conversation is that the worst type of attack doesn’t necessarily have to be the kind that causes an explosion.
IN THE NEWS: A Muslim and a Jew have teamed up to provide sustainable, humanely raised lamb, beef, and poultry. This raises 2 interesting questions:
Would you consider buying naturally raised halal meat? Is this a partnership that can last? 0 Like this post
Tuesday’s signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act marked a significant day for patient’s rights while providing millions of uninsured Americans access to healthcare. Muslims, it turns out, played a role in moving reforms forward, according to Dr. Faisal Qazi, former president of American Muslim Health Professionals.
IN THE NEWS: In this article, Dr. Dean Ornish, a clinical professor at the prestigious University of California, San Francisco, and co-founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute is interviewed by Kathy Freston about long-term health, high protein diets and weight control. The two main takeaways are, interestingly enough, staples of [...]
IN THE NEWS: It seems that everyone is looking for new and creative ways to become energy-efficient. In fact, one company is paying businesses to cut their energy use. What are you doing to contribute? Should the Muslim American community care about being more energy efficienct?
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