Canada Ramadan

12 Times Eid Was So Great You Wanted To Cry Happy Tears

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living

Food! Food! Food!

Eid Reminds Us to Reflect and Reconnect

Meghan Rose MacIver | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Rose MacIver

It's the end of the holy month of Ramadan here in Turkey and as a western yoga teacher living in Istanbul, I'm usually just happy to watch locals celebrate the holiday of Eid around me. But something gave way this year, and I had an opportunity to reflect on my old experiences.

My Growing Family Has Changed My Eid Traditions

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

I will miss Ramadan, but I am also ready to say goodbye until next year. The gifts for the kids are packed, henna on my hands has been applied, the house will get decorated today, and brunch food is in preparation mode. We are ready for Eid. Eid Mubarak/Happy Eid to everyone!

How Ramadan Can Get Lonely

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

I look forward to Eid, but as Eid approaches, I start to miss Ramadan. Many of my Muslim friends share the same bittersweet feeling. I am not sure if I would feel the same bittersweet feeling if I was observing Ramadan on my own, or at least not to the same extent. A partner in crime is a must.

Ramadan Changes What Food Means to Me

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Fasting itself does not help those less fortunate. However, the person fasting has a heightened awareness of how it feels to be hungry and therefore how those less fortunate feel being hungry every day. Knowing is one thing, but experiencing is completely different.

Egypt's Inability to End Female Genital Mutilation Is Shameful

Jenn Gearey | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Jenn Gearey

While Egypt was considered a role model for civilization once upon a time, its inability to put a stop against barbaric acts of FGM is painful. The human rights violations where infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, and women, are having their vaginas sliced, because the notion of a woman experiencing sexual pleasure is distasteful, are not dwindling.

My Struggle to Dress Appropriately During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.

How I Let My 6-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Safiyya Vankalwala

Six years ago, I could not imagine the day my son would go into grade 1, let along imagine my son asking me if he can fast. Last week, he said to me: "I want to fast with you and dad. Please, please, please!" I was silent at first, not knowing how to tell him that there is no way I am letting him fast 17 hours.

As a Diabetic, Here's How I'll Try to Fast for 19 Hours

Tania Budhwani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Tania Budhwani

Traditionally, Muslims are not allowed to eat throughout the day while they fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Although individuals with illnesses are usually exempt from fasting, I try my best to do what I can. It's an interesting struggle to keep the balance between fulfilling my religious responsibilities and keeping my health in check. The criticism is endless, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! My doctors have advised me against fasting numerous times, but I think it should be a personal choice.

16 Universal Struggles Of Muslims Who Fast During Ramadan

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living

Please forgive your Muslim friends if they fall asleep in the middle of a conversation this month.

Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the...

10 Challenges I'll Face Every day During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Ramadan is scheduled to commence later this week and I am not looking forward to it. The Islamic calendar is lunar based, so Ramadan shifts by approximately 10 days every year. Fasting during the winter months is easy with dawn being so late and sunset being so early. Fasting during the summer months is brutal -- dawn is currently at 3:45 a.m. and sunset is at 9 p.m.

When Does Ramadan Start?

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living

Muslims all over the world are preparing for the start of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection. Beginning, on June 18, 2015, foll...

PHOTOS: Muslims Celebrate Eid Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living

With the end of Ramadan comes Eid al-Fitr, a celebration in which Muslims engage in prayer, give to charity and enjoy feasts in the homes of friends a...

How Muslims Around The World Celebrate Eid

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living

Eid Al-Fitr is one of the most celebrated occasions in the Islamic calendar, and after a month of fasting, Muslims around the world have a good reason...

WATCH: What Really Happens To Your Body When You Fast

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living

Every year millions of Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset, as part of the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan goes bac...

Fasting For Ramadan? Here Are 5 Ways To Stay Healthy

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living

During Ramadan, practicing Muslims change their eating habits dramatically. Questioned by Relaxnews, nutritionist Charlotte Debeugny provided her reco...

The 21 Best Halal Restaurants In The GTA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Living

While eating halal can be a challenge in some Canadian cities where the Muslim population is small, the only challenge Muslims in the Greater Toronto ...

Using sweet dates to break the fast transcends the many different Ramadan traditions

CP | Michele Kayal, The Associated Press | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Sameer Sarmast leaves the house each day with his wallet, his keys and... dates."I'll carry a little sandwich...

Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

Ziyaad Mia | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ziyaad Mia

Give 30 is an initiative established in 2012, tapping into Ramadan's lessons on social solidarity, to mobilize everyone -- regardless of faith or background -- to address the challenges of hunger in our society. Hunger in Canada is not an issue of food scarcity. Rather, it is directly related to income sufficiency and security.

10 Popular Foods To Break A Ramadan Fast

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living

With the start of Ramadan on July 9, Muslims around the world are taking part in a fasting ritual that will last for 30 days. During this time, Mu...

Roadside Ramadan At The Calgary Stampede

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Alberta

A pilot program is looking at ways to make it easier for Muslim taxi drivers in Calgary to observe the holy month of Ramadan, which began Tuesday. ...

When It Comes To Fasting, Is Summer The Enemy?

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - This week Muslims begin an important annual ritual prescribed by the Qur'an. For the next 29 or 30 days, healthy Muslims will fast during da...

When Is Ramadan 2013?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living

This year, Ramadan falls on Tuesday, July, 9. For a month, Muslims in Canada and around the world will take part in a fasting ritual that will last...

Dispatches From Damascus: The Syrian Army Arrives in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The atmosphere in Damascus' old city became just a little bit tenser at the start of the last week of Ramadan when Syrian army soldiers were deployed here for the first time since the revolution began in March last year. The soldiers were seemingly under orders to search various houses, especially those in which the few remaining foreigners live. The house I was staying in was one of them.