The Spiritual and Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting

By Shahid Athar, M.D.

Muslims all over the world will start this month with fasting from dawn to dusk daily for 30 days as ordained in Quran.

“O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn Taqwa” (Quran 2:183)

The Arabic word Taqwa is translated in many ways including God consciousness, God fearing, piety, and self restraining. Thus we are asked to fast daily for one month from dawn to dusk and avoid food, water, sex and vulgar talk during that period.

But why do we need to fast? It is our experience that temptations and ways of the world tend to spoil our purity and austerity. Thus we indulge in food all of the time, snacking and nibbling the whole day, heading to obesity. We drink too much coffee, or tea, or carbonated drinks. Some sexaholics can not stay away from sex unless they do it at least once or more a day. When we argue, we leave our decency aside and resort to vulgar talk and even physical fighting.

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What Is Your Objective in Ramadan?

By Ali Al-Halawani 
Deputy Editor in Chief — English

For one’s life to be meaningful, it has to have a goal that is worked toward or striven for. If one leads all of one’s life without a goal to be achieved or an end to be reached, all of one’s life goes with the wind. This is true of all people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But for a Muslim, this issue has much more value, as the end-goal is to attain Allah’s pleasure and to be granted admission to Paradise in the Hereafter.

Based on this, true Muslims should have an objective for both their whole life and their individual deeds during every minute that they stay on earth.

No one can deny the fact that Allah designed and subjugated the creation in order for man to fulfill the objective he was originally created for, which can be seen in Allah’s saying in His Ever-Glorious Qur’an:

[And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them (i.e. provision for themselves or for My creatures) nor do I ask that they should feed Me (i.e. feed themselves or My creatures).] (Adh-Dhariyat 51:56-57)

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Muslim and Non-Muslim Relations Reflections on Some Qur’anic Texts

By Jamal Badawi, PhD

April, 05, 2005 (

  • Introduction

  • Methodology

  • Qur’anic Foundations of Muslim/Non-Muslim Relations

  • Jihad Is Not “Holy War”

  • Common Questions and Objections

  • Conclusion


Humanity lives today in a “global village,” where no people or nation can live in isolation from and indifferent to what goes on elsewhere. Our world is so interdependent and so interrelated that peaceful dialogue has become an imperative. In spite of the general erosion of commitment to “religion,” however interpreted or misinterpreted, religion still plays a pivotal role in shaping people’s attitudes and influencing their behavior. In spite of serious instances of abuse of various religions by some of their claimed followers so as to justify or instigate acts of brutality and bloodshed, there are positive and helpful common themes in these religions. Therefore, peaceful and candid intra-faith and inter-faith dialogues are important tools in working for such goals. This paper is a humble contribution to that dialogue from one perspective within a major world religion that is the professed faith of nearly one fifth of the human race; one that is more misunderstood than any other faith, sometimes, even, by some of its followers.

This paper examines the nature and parameters of the normative relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is based mainly on an attempt to understand the Qur’an in its own textual and historical context. To do this, it is necessary to begin with the methodology and assumptions that underpin the paper.

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Some Muslims are shy to reveal their religion in Myanmar


Some Muslims are shy to reveal their religion in Myanmar

Islam is most misunderstood religion in Burma

From Kyaw Kyaw Oo’s weblog

I misunderstood Islam even as a born Muslim.

I used to be a person who felt ashamed of being a Muslim. It was long time ago in my childhood, and during my teen age. The reason was in Burma Muslims are seen as lower class, uneducated, poor people.

Some of the Burmese Muslims are of Indian Decent. Their skins were dark and majorities were uneducated. However they are good in business. To be honest I did not want to be called as Kalar, which is a derogatory name for Muslim in Burma.

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Mit brennender Sorge or With burning Concern

Mit brennender Sorge

or With burning Concern

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mit brennender Sorge (German for “With burning Concern,”) is a Roman Catholic Churchencyclical of Pope Pius XI, published on March 101937 (but bearing a date of Passion SundayMarch 14). The encyclical criticized Nazism, listed breaches of an agreement signed with the Church and condemned antisemitism. Drafted by the future Pope Pius XII[1], it warned Catholics that antisemitism is incompatible with Christianity.[2]

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When a kid leaves the nest

When a kid leaves the nest



Saying goodbye is never easy for a mother.

IN THE run up to my teenage son leaving home to further his studies in the United States, I found myself obsessed with making plans. Indeed, it felt as if I’d been making plans for months. There was an air ticket to buy, a dorm room to book, a meal plan to select, warm clothing to buy, farewell dinners to organise and financial arrangements to be made, to name just a few.

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Dear MPs Don’t learn this from Taiwan and Try At Home!

Taiwan legislators from the DPP and Kuomintang fight in Parliament in Taipei. Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties failed to agree on how an independent National Communications Commission, set up to monitor the media, should be formed.

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Al-‘Asr(The Time)

In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

 By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
 Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds,
and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth,
and of Patience and Constancy.
                                 –  translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

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