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The rich cannot buy themselves out of fasting

“Specific days (are designated for fasting); if one is ill or traveling, an equal number of other days may be substituted. Those who have the ability, may substitute feeding one poor person (for each day missed). If one volunteers (more righteous works), it is better. But fasting is the best for you, if you only knew” 2:184 A number of wrong translations and interpretations …

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Fitness and fasting: Making exercise during Ramadan work for you

It’s a dilemma faced by many Muslims every year. Omar Shahid breaks down how you can both fast and exercise. Going to the gym on an empty stomach, without any water and slightly sleep-deprived during the long summer days of July may seem a little loony. Yet all across the world, many Muslims choose to do this. On the first day of …

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A Ramadan guide for non-Muslims

In the next few weeks, you may come into work and find your co-worker taking a power nap at 9:30am. At break time, you’ll notice she is missing in the discussion about Harry Potter over at the water cooler. At the staff meeting, you will be shocked when she is offered coffee and cookies and refuses ! By lunch time, …

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7 surprising health benefits of Ramadan

Although millions around the world have successfully observed the spiritual cleansing of Ramadan for more than a thousand years, some people fear that fasting over such a long period time will have detrimental effects on their health. If you’re one of those worriers, then check out these seven surprising health benefits you’ll enjoy during and after Ramadan. Dates Although three …

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Ramadan

Ramadan looks to most people as a month that is exhausting and unbelievably torturous. I can sometimes see why some Muslims complain all day and can’t wait until the sun finally sets. But over the past couple of years, I have come to realize something about Ramadan that is beyond food and water. Here are 10 things I’ve realized about …

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A Universal Reading of Fasting and Ramadhan

The Quran is, as Muslims believe, a revelation from Allah sent down as guidance for humankind irrespective of space and time. Very ironically however, it does not suggest any set of religious authorities to mitigate the understanding of this revelation. Rather, in hundreds of verses, it speaks to the individual Reader who appears in the text as the singular, second …

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QUOTES ABOUT FASTING IN VARIOUS RELIGIONS

Ramadhan is approaching very soon.  Turns out, Islam is not the only religion that commands it, but fasting is practiced in various religions, including all the 5 major religions and even by ancient Greeks. Moses and Jesus fasted for 40 days for spiritual renewal. Mahatma Gandhi fasted 21 days to promote compassion and religious tolerance. Today, many people (especially) in the …

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Ramadan fast in UK ‘should be shortened’ says scholar

There is a call for British Muslims to reduce their fasting hours during Ramadan, which begins this week. Daylight hours last longer here than in the Middle East, and some community groups say the longer fasting time could be harmful. However, many Muslims in the UK say there is no compromise when it comes to Ramadan. Shabnam Mahmood reports.

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Muslims in the Arctic Circle forced to come up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day… because the region has 24-hour sunshine

Muslims in the Arctic Circle are urgently coming up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day – as the region will have 24-hour sunshine. Lack of darkness: Muslims in the Arctic Circle are urgently coming up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day – as the region …

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