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Ramadan is nigh! The first fast is upon us – the one act of piety most associated with Ramadan. The spiritual and spiritual benefits of fasting get the most attention, but there is a third aspect that isn’t discussed as […]

This is a guest post by Fatema Baldiwala. Rushing to make it in time for all the deadlines that a mom of two busy teenagers has to meet, I have many times substituted quick, easy, convenient fast food substitutes for […]

This is a guest post by Nabeel Azeez. A well-known hadith of the Prophet SAW is, “”Whosoever fasts and prays Ramadan with Iman and Ihtisab, will have his past sins forgiven.” This hadith is quoted every Ramadan as motivation, without […]

The overwhelming priority of most people during Ramadan is to decide what to eat and when. However, for those with an active lifestyle, food is just half of the equation. Professional athletes have long balanced Ramadan and training – from […]

These are the very last days of Ramadan, whether you go by moonsighting or calculations (aside, here’s my take on the moonsighting debate). Eid will be either on Friday or Saturday depending on how you reckon; for me, today marks […]

For to fast is to good unto your selves – if you but knew it. (translation, Muhammad Asad, The Message of the Qur’an)

Lend unto God. Give a loan of the leafage of this body, That in exchange a garden may grow in your heart. Give a loan, diminish the body’s food, that you may see that which the eye has not seen. […]

All desires, affections, loves and fondness people have of all sorts of things, such as fathers, mothers, friends, the heavens and the earth, gardens, pavilions, works, knowledge, food and drink – one should realize that every desire is a desire […]

There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music. If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song […]

When it comes to material food, if you eat too little, you will remain hungry like the crow and suffer ill-temper and anemia; if you eat your fill, your body will incur the penalty of indigestion. Partake of God’s food, […]