Tag: Ramadan & Fasting

For Western leaders, Ramadan is a time to reassure the world of Islam

AT LEAST since 1805, Western heads of government have been making delicate judgments over how exactly to signal their respect for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. On December 9th of that year, Thomas Jefferson changed the time of a White House dinner from the usual 3.30 pm to “precisely at sunset”. The shift was made to accommodate the religious obligations of a guest from Tunis who was playing an important role in… ..more: economist.com

Gun fired outside east London mosque during Ramadan prayers

Police tapeThe Metropolitan police have launched an investigation after a shot was fired outside a London mosque during prayers for Ramadan. Police said there were no injuries, and they believe the shot came from a blank-firing handgun, and significantly, they were not treating it as a terrorist incident. The single shot was fired outside a mosque in Ilford in east London at 10.45pm….MORE: THE Guardian

Non-Muslim women take on Ramadan hijab challenge

Non-Muslim women take on Ramadan hijab challengeLloyd, a British Christian, will be covering her head for the entire duration of the holy month this year in solidarity with Muslim women who face discrimination for wearing the hijab.

“I feel very strongly about this,” said Lloyd, the youngest participant of the 30-day Ramadan hijab challenge, a yearly initiative by the non-profit World Hijab Day (WHD) organisation, inviting women of all faiths to wear the headscarf for a month….more:  .aljazeera

‘Thank God For Ramadan’ Locals Praise Muslims Who Woke Neighbours As Grenfell Blaze Took Hold

“….and that you run with the force of your legs to answer the cry of one in distress…” -Prophet Muhammad

Muslims who were awake late to eat before resuming their Ramadan fast may have saved lives in Grenfell Tower, HuffPost UK has been told. As a blaze took hold of the west London building in the middle of the night, many of its residents were fast asleep. But Muslims were awake for Suhur, the meal before they begin fasting again during daylight hours. HuffPost UK spoke to people at the scene who said that their actions in rousing their neighbours almost certainly saved lives. One local woman told HuffPost UK: “Thank God for Ramadan.”..more: HUFFINGTONPOST.CO.UK

UW professors hold after-sunset finals for Muslims fasting during Ramadan

Students take their final for Introduction to Physiology at the University of Washington. Professor Bryan White held after-hour final exams for Muslim students observing Ramadan. (Bryan White/UW)Two other professors at the UW heard about White’s gesture and decided to do the same. One of them, Rania Hussein, is also Muslim.

White says that besides the food and the timing, students who feel they belong do better on tests.

“I’ll have my students chant, ‘I am meant to be in this Intro to Physiology,’” White said. “I know that’s corny, but … I want them to think, ‘this class really cares about each other.’seattletimes

Lisa Suhay: Ramadan’s promise in the eyes of a new Muslim

WE HAVE TO TALK. I recently became a Muslim, which seems to be testing the faith that my friends and neighbors have placed in me as the all-around good human I have always tried to be.

It seems that now, during the holy month of Ramadan, is as good a time as any for us to have what I’m calling “The Muslim Talk.”

I confess: I have spent the years since 9/11 feeling threatened and wary when walking past a mosque…..more:PILOTONLINE.COM