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White House Iftar dinner guests press Obama on surveillance of Muslims

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Attendees of a White House dinner this week celebrating a Muslim holiday attempted to leverage their direct interaction with Barack Obama into a presidential commitment to discuss widespread and controversial surveillance of their communities. They left feeling they had Obama’s interest, but not much more. Less than a week after the Intercept, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, showed ... Read More »

Muslim children join their parents in fasting for Ramadan

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Adam Alkhateeb was with family at the Newseum in the late morning of the fourth day of his Ramadan fast when his stomach started hurting — a lot. But was it just normal hunger-pain, he was trying to figure out, or pain signaling something was really wrong? If he broke his fast for no good reason, he’d need to give ... Read More »

ICNA Relief Pantry in Houston to Serve All

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“There are huge Rewards in serving food to those who are in need. In Quran, it is mentioned that they feed food — despite their own desire for it — to the indigent, and the orphan and the captive (saying): ‘We feed you purely for the Sake of God. We desire no reward from you, nor thankfulness.” This quote was ... Read More »

Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic ... Read More »

Ramadan Forces Muslim World Cup Players to Decide: Religion or Sports?

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With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan set to begin this weekend, dozens of Muslim World Cup players will have to make a tough call: which comes first — their religious beliefs or their athletic ambitions? During Ramadan, healthy adults are expected to fast — meaning no food or drink — during daylight hours for 30 days. Most Muslims wake ... Read More »

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition

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This weekend marks the beginning of Ramadan. Nearly one-fourth of the world will observe the annual fast and eight million Muslims in the United States will abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. A gruelling task at any time of the year, Ramadan this year will be especially daunting during the long and hot ... Read More »

Obama to Muslims: ‘Ramadan Kareem’

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets Muslims across the world on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, describing it as the time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting. “On behalf of the American people … I want to extend best wishes to Muslims in America and around the world. Ramadan Kareem,” the president said in a statement. ... Read More »

American Muslims Observe Ramadan

As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on June 28, Muslim Americans from different backgrounds across the United States are gathering in mosques and homes to break their dawn-to-dusk fast, perform congregational night prayers, and help the poor. “We try to make people feel like they are in any Muslim country and belong to a Muslim community,” said Imam ... Read More »

Canadian imam group warns Muslim youths that ‘no one should get involved in international wars’

Concerned about the number of Canadians leaving to join armed factions in Syria, imams from across the country have issued a statement warning Muslim youths against travelling abroad to fight in foreign conflicts. Drafted at a meeting two weeks ago, the decree issued by the Canadian Council of Imams says those who participate in overseas wars are breaking the laws ... Read More »

Ramadan To Start on Sunday in Most Muslim Countries

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The holy month of Ramadan will start on Sunday in most Arab countries. The noon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt, where they announced that the Ramadan would start on Sunday. Like every year, the non-sighting of the moon in most Arab countries will create confusion among Muslim living in Europe and ... Read More »