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.
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.
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.”
I have joined a group of Muslims who are abstaining from more than food, drink, and sexual activity during the daylight hours of Ramadan. We are taking the act of fasting to a whole new level: no spending money throughout the entire month. Are you up for the “Buy-Nothing Ramadan” challenge?
IN THE NEWS: Chances are you know someone who is fasting today and someone who is not. Such is life as a Muslim in America. Much of the confusion comes from a mishmash of habits and associations within the American Muslim community, as described in this article in today’s Washington Post.
IN THE NEWS: If you saw Yahoo.com today, safety Husain Abdullah might have crept onto your screen like he does in pass coverage. This time, he is bringing Islam positive coverage as he made it known that he will be fasting during the NFL Pre-Season and the beginning of the regular season on Sept. 9th when the Abdullah’s Vikings play the New Orleans Saints.
The web is overflowing with delicious recipes from around the world for Ramadan which is only a few weeks away. Epicurious is known for offering unique yet tasty concoctions on there website. For Ramadan the staff has compiled a set of recipes from the Arab world, selected African regions and Pakistan.
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