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Why Muslims 'Still Have Faith' In Gaza

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

In Gaza, Ramadan — a time meant for fasting and focusing on God — has not been easy for thousands of Muslims. Bombs lobbed from nearby Israel ...

What Fasting REALLY Does To Your Body

www.upworthy.com | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living

Lots of folks do it, but what does it do to their bodies? Subscribe ...

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

This Is How People In Gaza Are Breaking Their Ramadan Fasts

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

As images from the violent Gaza conflict fill screens worldwide, it's easy to forget that the holy month of Ramadan is still going on, and many of the...

Buddhist Musings in Ramadan

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of the Quran throughout the month.

Ramadan Reflection Day #24: Giving Voice to the Voiceless -- Why We Need More Ayman Mohyeldins in the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We should have 100 Ayman Mohyedin's out there -- people of any background who are willing to tell the stories that are not being told simply because it's the right thing to do. What better aspiration could we guide our young people towards than that?

Ramadan Reflection Day #20: Selfless Worship -- What Have I Done This Ramadan? (Video)

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I serve as a University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Earlier today, I delivered a short sermon that I was recommended to share with you by some of my community members as today's reflection.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Organized Evil vs. Disorganized Righteousness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: I vs. We, Illness vs. Wellness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.

Ramadan Reflection Day #9: Ramadan Garbage Wars -- Ways to Close the Junkyard

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,

Ramadan Reflection Day #6: Bringing Life Back Into Our Work/Life Balance

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Even though I don't probably do what most people do for a living, I was making the same mistakes that many people make in regards to how they prioritize their careers over themselves.

Ramadan Reflection Day 5: Change it to #EyalGiladNaftaliMuhammed

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Keep Muhammed Abu Khdeir, his loved ones, and the people of Palestine in your prayers. For those who are observing the month of Ramadan, remember all of them as you break your fast and stand in qiyaam during these blessed nights.

Ramadan Reflection Day #4: Mopping vs. Manliness -- You Don't Have to Be a Woman to Clean

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a discussion with a few other men, the idea came up that women are "supposed" to be the ones that take care of the home and that's why they don't really do too much. Because Islam tells them not to. Our ability to do should not be stifled by a weak argument of whether we are obligated to do or not.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: The Problem With Conditional Compassion

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I empathize with the fact that others have suffered and have had hard experiences, but how does that makes sense that I, or anyone else, should suffer as well? Have we become so complacent in our dealing with pain and suffering that we are indifferent to its ongoing existence?

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Ramadan Is Making Me 'Hangry'

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

One of the harder things to deal with in these first days of Ramadan is patience, both from people who are testing our patience and people who aren't doing anything necessarily, but we get bothered by them nonetheless.

10 Photos That Show The Unifying Power Of Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

During the month of Ramadan, many Muslims will fast from sunup to sundown, abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours. Though many will ...

Ramadan Reflection Day 1: A Different Kind of Thirst

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 08.29.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The experience also made me reflect on my own relationship with my prayer and the Qur'an itself. These young men would do anything to be able to hear the Qur'an and they even stand in prayer despite not being able to hear it.

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

3 Things You Should Avoid This Ramadan To Make It More Spiritually Meaningful

Ro Waseem | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Ro Waseem

It would be great if every Muslim tried to make a conscious effort in changing some part of their personality that needs to be improved during Ramadan, but this, unfortunately, is not the case.

The True Meaning of Ramadan Is...

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

Most non-Muslims have a general idea of what Ramadan is: fast during the day, eat and drink at night, repeat for a month. As Ramadan starts this we...

Hungry for Climate Action: A Moral Call to Act

Caroline Richter | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Caroline Richter

On June 1, I will get hungry. I will not eat. I will be joining thousands around the world who are also taking part in #fastfortheclimate every first day of the month until Dec., 1 2014 -- the opening day of the next UN Climate Conference in Lima, Peru.

Starving for Higher Wages: UPMC Workers Fast for a Week (VIDEO)

Julie Sokolow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Julie Sokolow

Since 2012 a battle has been raging between UPMC hospital workers like Chaney Lewis and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who makes $6 million a year. Chaney has worked at UPMC for over nine years but still only makes $11.97 an hour. Consider this added offense: UPMC enjoys the status of "charitable nonprofit."

Hope Reborn From Fast for Immigration Reform

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 06.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

By next Thanksgiving, it is my hope and belief that fasting, and all of our other efforts, will have turned the tide at last.

A Greenhouse Gas Fast for Lent and Passover

Donna Henes | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

Perhaps we need to undertake a Greenhouse Gas Fast during this holy season. How about giving up carbon emissions for Passover and Lent? This sacrifice would ritualize our intention to abstain from wanton waste by pursuing a more sustainable way of life.

Lenten Privations?

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The point here is that the energy of saying "no" to one thing or another is far less efficacious than the energy of saying "yes" to something (Someone) more desirable.