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Fasting in Islam & other religions

Thursday, June 18, 2015 marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Today, Muslims all over the world are observing the fast during Ramadan but fasting is not invented by Muslims but is an age old tradition observed by other religions as well.

Fasting is mentioned in the Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament as well as Mahabhatara (Hindu Holy Book).  In Judaism, fasting is observed in several annual days, primarily on days of penitence (such as Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement) or mourning. Fasting for Jews means completely abstaining from food and drink, including water.

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5 Ways Fasting in Ramadan Improves Your Faith

The world mostly perceives Ramadan as a month of fasting during which committed Muslims engage in a religious ritual, abstaining from any form of eating and drinking from dawn to dusk every day for the entire month. Muslims who successfully accomplish the task also tend to see it as quite an accomplishment.

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The Philosophy of Hijab

The long awaited Supreme Court decision on ‘Hijab’ in the workplace came on Monday, June 1, 2015. In 2008 at the age of 17, Samantha Elauf applied for a job at Abercrombie and Fitch but was denied employment due to the fact that she wore a hijab. She filed a suit against this discrimination. The United States Supreme court voted 8-1 in favor of the plaintiff, Samantha Elauf.  “An employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions,” said the court’s majority opinion, authored by Justice Antonin Scalia.

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How Anti-Blasphemy Laws Engender Terrorism

The tragic events of the past months, including the Taliban’s murder of 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, Boko Haram’s mass slaughter of civilians in Nigeria, and Al Qaeda’s massacre of the staff of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, have re-ignited a debate about the root causes of terrorism and its prevention. The debate centers largely on efforts by foreign governments in the Islamic world to effectively execute counter-terrorism measures against known terrorist organizations, including defeating their weaponry and propaganda. But little has been written on what is, arguably, the most potent instrument fueling the perpetrators’ terrorism: anti-blasphemy laws. 

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It's time to welcome hijab as a shield on the police force

Police departments in America have been under a great deal of scrutiny for the increased tension regarding race relations, yet recently a Columbus police station made the news due to religion rather than race by not hiring Officer Issmahan Isse. One would think her Somali-American, Muslim, and female identity would be an asset for the local police department, yet instead was met with resistance due to her desire to wear the hijab, a scarf that covers the head and neck area. The Columbus police station stated their policy that “prohibits women from wearing headscarves as a safety issue” in order to have every officer look the same. While Mayor Coleman of Columbus is commendably asking the police department to review its policy, the issue allowing a Muslim woman wearing a hijab should not require such a detailed examination.

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The Supreme Court ruling in favor of wearing Hijab is in favor of women everywhere

In 2006, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch dealt with their CEO Mike Jefferies discrimination towards “fat and ugly kids” wearing the company’s clothing. Despite the CEO’s mea cupla stating that his company is opposed to any discrimination, Abercrombie & Fitch found themselves again in the midst of a discrimination against a 17-year-old Muslim female they refused to hire.

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Khalifa Of Islam Mirza Masroor Ahmad On Peace, The Middle East, And Ahmadis

Just weeks after the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon, the global leader of the world’s 10-million-plus Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has brought his religion’s message of peace, public service and uplift to the faithful of Southern California.

While those principles are embraced by most of the Muslim world, the Ahmadis’ outlook is distinctive. The visiting khalifa, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is critical of mixing religion and governance and points to the restive Middle East countries in the “Arab Spring” aftermath as examples of discord born of religious rule. He speaks laudingly of Western democracy and praises Israeli President Shimon Peres for his ideas on restoring stability to the conflict-plagued region.

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Response to an Islamophobe

Pamela Geller has drawn some outrageous conclusions about Islam and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in response to an article by a member of that community. I have pointed out some factual inconsistencies of Ms. Geller’s statements. I am exclusively submitting this piece for your consideration for publication. I am a member of Muslim Writers Guild of America and my work has previously been published in major national newspapers.

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These guys are painfully wrong about Islam: 3 things that every anti-Muslim zealot needs to admit

As a practicing Muslim, I don’t believe Islam is above criticism. I do believe that Islam backs free speech. I also believe that Islam champions secular governance. But what’s significant about my beliefs is why I believe them — which is because they are precisely what the Qur’an teaches, and what Prophet Muhammad exemplified.

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