Category: Five Pillars of Islam

Ramadan: The Month of Fasting

Ramadan: The Month of Fasting

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Request a copy View in PDF In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Fasting is a common form of worship among the various religions across the world. Its spiritual benefits are widely recognized even though its frequency, practice and duration may differ from faith to faith. Islam places great

What Jesus (pbuh) said about Fasting

What Jesus (pbuh) said about Fasting

by Imam Shabir Ally The Gospel of Matthew shows that Jesus “fasted forty days and forty nights” (Matthew 4:21). The Gospel of Luke adds the detail that “in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered” (Luke 4:2). Since Jesus fasted, his true followers will also fast, if they

A Month of Fasting, Not Feasting

A Month of Fasting, Not Feasting

Just as a balance must be maintained between the demands of our daily routines and our Ramadan resolutions, a conscious effort should be made to establish a similar symmetry with reference to our consumption of food and socialization during Ramadan. “For some reason, Ramadan has given rise to a culture of month-long feasting within the

Benefits of Fasting

Benefits of Fasting

by Fatin Khairallah The blessed month of Ramadan is a time for inner reflection, self-discipline and self-improvement. If put into proper practice, these self-checks lead to purification of the inner-self. The fasting performed in Ramadan is one of the most successful ways to formulate good habits. When conducted for the worship of God, fasting gives

Adhan: Call to Prayer

Adhan: Call to Prayer

It’s the first thing recited in the ears of a newborn babe; it’s often the first thing recited in a new home. And it rings out in mosques, Islamic schools, homes, and on the street in Muslim communities five times a day. The adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, is an integral part of the

Worship in Islam

Worship in Islam

877-WHY-ISLAM Brochure. Request a copy View in PDF In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful   Since the beginning of human history, worship has played a central role in people’s lives. Devotion to a higher being continues to tie humanity together despite differences in customs and a variety of beliefs. We

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

Interfaith Action On Hunger: A Shared Obligation

J. Andreas Hipple With more than 1 billion undernourished people – many of them children – across the globe, hunger is a problem that affects all religions and nationalities. The roots of hunger are as diverse as the communities that it affects; conflict, natural disaster, water shortages, disease, climate change, and, of course, poverty are

Huffington Post Video: The Journey to Mecca

Huffington Post Video: The Journey to Mecca

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Strengthening Bonds

Musaddique Thange, 35, hopes to bring more self-discipline and piety in his life through the fast of Ramadan. Breaking the fast with his family, while difficult at times, is one of his priorities. “In my opinion, Ramadan is not only a personal spiritual endeavor but should also be an opportunity to get closer to one’s

Personal Perspectives on Ramadan

Personal Perspectives on Ramadan

Saulat Pervez Every year, Muslims experience a unique excitement and jubilation as Ramadan approaches. Homes are cleaned, groceries are stocked, children are prepped – but, above all, many resolutions are made. A time for spiritual nourishment and self-introspection, Ramadan heralds a classic opportunity to draw closer to God, and to bask in the many blessings