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It feels as though Canadian society is currently deliberating our case – judging our utility, our sincerity and our belonging. Our identity is at stake.
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The brutal murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen has left me stunned and facing a lexicological problem.
Their gratitude springs from the fact that they live in arguably the world's best country. They enjoy freedoms of religion and expression, democratic rights, the rule of law, the support of fellow Canadians and all levels of government, security and opportunities.
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The attack came just days into the holy month of Ramadan.
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Today, Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid and sharing Eid greetings. But those greetings are not flying too far this time. They are heavily soaked with the weekend bombing in Iraq that caused more than 250 lives. Saudi Arabia got struck by three suicide attacks two days before Eid.
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The first home rebuilt will go to a single mother of two.
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"My teacher, she gave me book to read, I gave it back and she said thank you.''
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The month of Ramadan has just begun for over a billion Muslims around the world; thirty days of fasting from sunrise to sunset. While it may sound harsh to some, as Muslims there is so much beauty in Ramadan and what it represents. When Muslims fast (in our case for almost 18 hours) it invigorates your other senses in many ways.
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This is one time where you'll actually want to fill up on water.
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. It is also a time when Muslims remember those less fortunate around the world by giving a portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Every Ramadan, here at Islamic Relief Canada, we pick a global issue that we campaign and fundraise on, and this month we're calling for more action towards ending the global refugee crisis.
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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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 traditional breaking of the daily fast. And they...
Please forgive your Muslim friends if they fall asleep in the middle of a conversation this month.
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.
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, followers of Islam will fast during daylight hours before...
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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 and family. Here's what celebrations of Eid looked...
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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 to celebrate. While dates can vary, this year mo...
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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 back to one of Islam's core tenets, but the act of givin...
During Ramadan, practicing Muslims change their eating habits dramatically. Questioned by Relaxnews, nutritionist Charlotte Debeugny provided her recommendations to religious fasters looking to make t...
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 Area face is choosing between a myriad of deliciou...
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 bag of dates," says Sarmast, host of the web prog...
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.
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, Muslims don't eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours...