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Circumcision

Have you circumcised your son? This is the first question Sunni, Shia, some Christian, and Jewish followers will ask when they hear that a newborn male has come into this world… What slips our minds and what many of us don’t take notice of is WHY are we circumcising our young sons (and in some cases girls also) immediately and …

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Menstruation and Religious Duties

According to Muslim scholars, a woman is not allowed to perform her religious duties if she is menstruating. A woman has been disallowed from performing her Salat (prayers performed to get closer to God) if she happens to be menstruating. Worse still, woman are also told that they are not allowed to fast either if they are menstruating. The logic …

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Ramadan Is Tough for Muslims with Eating Disorders

For young Muslim women struggling with eating disorders, Ramadan can be the worst time ever. I know this firsthand. As a teen girl, I would intermittently starve myself and vigorously work out. I would eat 500 calories a day. No carbs, no sugar. I’d bike to one of the thousands of lakes in Minnesota. I’d bike around that lake nine times. Then, …

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No Really, What is Islam?

The name “Islam” simply means “Self-surrender to the Will of God.” It is the way of life that all Prophets through out history have taught, from those known in the Western world such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus to those sent to other parts of the Earth like Salih, Shu’ayb, and Luqman the African. The last and final Guide was …

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Ramadan – the 18-hour fast that keeps the faithful coming back for more

For Muslims, the annual ritual is more than a spiritual 5:2 diet – it’s a unifying way to take stock of how they are living Women break their fast at Harrow Central Mosque. ‘Many people go without food for days… this is just a few hours.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian ‘It was really busy last year. It might …

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Sikhs reach out to Muslims with iftars across Dubai

Dubai-based Welfare of Mankind, which also does charity for Muslims in India, says it is a goodwill gesture Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Xpress Bonding: S. P. Singh Oberoi, third from left, and other members Welfare of Mankind during an iftar at a mosque in Bur Dubai Dubai A Dubai-based Sikh welfare group is going all out to foster a sense of …

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Is Ramadan Morphing Into a Meaningless Holiday Season?

The Muslim holiday has taken on a completely different form in America, one that more closely resembles Christmas I belong to a very particular generation of Muslims, one who formed a Muslim identity well before the turning point of 9/11. Those days were very different — it was a time when Muslims in America were still primarily under the radar. …

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