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fasting in Ramadan

Determining the Times of Suhur and Iftar

By / 25 Jul 2013


I live in a country where the fasting hours exceed 18 hours and I find it exhausting to keep with these long hours of fasting. What can I do?


A Women’s Guide to Spirituality in Ramadan during Menstruation and Postnatal Bleeding

By Kanika Aggarwal / 24 Jul 2013 

While others will be busy in acts of worship such as fasting, praying, reading Qur'an, etc., most women will spend a portion of Ramadan in the state of menstruation (or postnatal bleeding), leaving them unable to participate in the aforementioned activities.

It is not easy to stay positive at times like these, especially when we see those around us rushing to masājid for taraweeh prayers, spending time in 'itikaaf and reciting the Qur'an. This can lead us to feeling deprived of the reward of this blessed month, and often this feeling ends up decreasing our spirituality rather than increasing it.


Gulf retailers relish Ramadan boom

By Dina al-Shibeeb / 24 Jul 2013

The holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, is boom time for Gulf retailers, with shops enjoying high demand from rich and poor alike.

“Every year, we see a surge in spending before the start of... Ramadan,” with “promotions on food items in the big supermarkets and hypermarkets” across the United Arab Emirates, said Sana Toukan, research manager at Euromonitor International.


Baba Ghannouj: A Recipe of Many Names

Source : OnIslam / 23 Jul 2013

Baba Gannouj is an easy to make recipe that is traditional to Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

One can also find versions of this recipe throughout the Mediterranean, and Europe. In Armenia it is known as Mutabel, and in:

Turkey – Patlican Salatasi

Greece – Melitzano Salata

Sicily – Caponata


Some of the more traditional ways to break the fast during iftar

By Time Out Dubai / 22 Jul 2013

Many eateries will be offering lavish family feasts when the sun goes down. With a host of delicious dishes on offer, here are some of the more traditional ways to break the fast during iftar

Sunnah Sunnah is a small dish of dates and water (or milk). It may not sound like much, but it’s the most humble and traditional way to break the fast. With the sweet taste and high sugar content of the dates, it will provide much needed energy to replenish and boost the levels lost during the fast.


What is Iftar?

Source : / 22 Jul 2013

Iftar is observed during the holy month of Ramadan by Muslims. It is one of the oldest rituals followed by Muslims all over the world. Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which the whole Islamic community observe complete fast during the daytime. They take a meal before dawn and end the fast only in the evening with a special meal. This evening special meal is known as Iftar which as a discipline is taken after the sunset. The timings of Iftar differ according to the sunset timings in that area. In regions with dense Muslim population a cannon is fired to indicate the time for Iftar. In Islamic countries, the time of Iftar is declared through radio and television broadcasting. Ramadan ends with a big feast on Eid- al- Fitr.


Eid and End of Ramadan

By / 20 Jul 2013

Your Islamic center will announce the end of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid.  The first day of the month following Ramadan is Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of fast-breaking.  Very likely, in the last few days of Ramadan, your mosque will also start collecting obligatory post-Ramadan food (or money) due for the poor Muslims called  Zakat al-Fitr (Fast-breaking obligatory charity). 


An-Nawawi on Safeguarding the Fast

By Abu Amina Elias / 19 Jul 2013 

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

An-Nawawi records in his book Riyad us-Saliheen:

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:



Why do Muslims fast in Ramadan?

Why do Muslims fast in Ramadan?

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Allah has no need for the hunger and the thirst of the person who does not restrain himself from telling lies and acting on them even while observing the fast"


Lebanese website offers Ramadan medical advice

Source : Reuters / 17 Jul 2013

Users of the online medical portal can now access advice specifically relating to the Ramadan fast.

The Lebanese founded website, which aims to connect doctors and patients around the world, now carries a 'Question and Answer' section for Muslims, who fast from dawn to sunset during the holy month.


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