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Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr In Our Own Way

KidSpirit | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

This is a very important time not just for my family, but for every Muslim family throughout the world to celebrate and pray together.

10 Ways To Maintain Ramadan's Spiritual Momentum

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

During this auspicious month, we're reminded of the tools to honor God throughout the year. Rather than reboot one time a year, consistent maintenance is good practice for the spirit and contributes to the productivity of our spiritual operating systems beyond Ramadan.

Fast, Pray, Love: Achieving Balance Through Fasting And Empathy

Fatima Bhojani | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Fatima Bhojani

There is no better way to understand someone than to just put yourself in their shoes, even if it is only from sunrise to sunset, even if it's only for a day. For those of you who do not think they have the discipline or ability to do this I urge you to try.

The Hunger Games: Muslim Athletes Observe Ramadan At London Olympics

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

The 2012 Olympics present for Muslims a rare moment to look in a global mirror and see a self image that fills us with awe, pride and deep humility.

Theodicy In Contemporary Life: An Exploration Of The Book Of Lamentations

Joe Winkler | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Lamentations, one of the five scrolls in the Jewish Bible, is a response to the destruction of the first Temple. Written in a dense, terse, poetically rich and complex five chapters, it has been a challenging text since its appearance.

Living Ramadan More Meaningfully

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

Let us use Ramadan as a time to purify our souls and refocus our attention on God. Let us audit ourselves and see where we are in our journey to God.

In The Beginning There Was Not: A Tisha B'Av Reflection

Joshua Schwartz | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Joshua Schwartz

On Tisha B'Av, we are left with ruins, the emptiness remains. We are left with what was, with the past as such. But what is a ruin?

Tisha B'Av: Making Mourning Traditions Meaningful

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

What happens to the significance and meaning of a tradition when affluence, technology and cultural change divorce it from its original meaning and place in our lives? For many modern-day Jews, old ways can feel stale.

Ramadan Reflection Day 6: Who Speaks For American Muslims?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Muslims today find themselves in a place where our narrative is being told by others. Many equate a normative understanding of Islam to something that is radical in its nature. Most of time we find ourselves reactively saying what we are not.

God Is Beautiful And He Loves Beauty

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

The search for beauty, the desire for beauty, the love of beauty all lead to the same destination -- God. I hope in this month of Ramadan, Muslims find it in their hearts to reflect on the relationship between aesthetics and spirituality.

Ramadan Reflection Day 5: Forgiveness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you find it hard to forgive someone, don't make it worse for yourself by thinking you are doing something wrong. Give yourself the time needed and speak to people who make sense.

When Ramadan And Av Unite

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As the New Moon glimmered, the Jewish and Muslim communities both entered a solemn month, known to one as Ramadan and to the other as Av. In both, fasting takes on great importance as a way of focusing spiritual energy.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: Sustaining The Experience

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Fasting brings with it a heightened level of introspection and it seems that each year I learn so much about who I actually am and what I am capable of doing and staying away from. It also seems like once the month is over, I forget a lot of what I learned.

America, Ramadan Kareem

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

As millions of fellow Americans spend the next few days in striving to improve their physical, moral and spiritual faculties, they will also be expressing their gratefulness to America's pluralistic ideals and multiculturalism.

The Case Against Eating 6 Small Meals A Day

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

The basic premise of intermittent fasting, or IF, is to enjoy better health via repeatedly fasting for longer periods than is typical on a daily breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule.

The Secret Ingredient of the Juice Cleanse: Nausea

Linda Flanagan | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Flanagan

It's juice cleanse day for my daughter, Julie, and me. We decided weeks ago, after too many days of too much garbage, that we'd try a cleanse.

What We Give Up For Lent: Rethinking 'Fasting'

Maria Mayo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Taking Lent seriously means recognizing and seeking to break those fasts. It means not taking the Easter celebration and relief for granted.

The Role Of Forgiveness In Lent

Maria Mayo | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Lent may be a season of forgiveness, but not the kind of warm and fuzzy forgiveness believers often associate with Jesus' teachings. Instead, forgiveness is a hard-won and distant hope.

Lent Vs. Greed

Thomas Worcester | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

For Christians, fasting suggests imitation of the Jesus who fasted for 40 days in the desert. It may mean solidarity with the hungry.

Celebrating Ayyam-I-Ha: A Holiday You Haven't Heard Of

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Depending on our life circumstances and cultural milieu, we make up different things... I have made up how we celebrate a holiday tradition.

Great Lent: What Fasting, South Park And Your Inner Toddler Have in Common

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

The point of the Lenten fast, for us, is not really about what we give up. It is about what we are supposed to do when we feel ourselves wanting what we have told ourselves we should not have.

Is Fasting Good For Your Heart? American Heart Month: Day 22 (Part 2)

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

Eat fat and stay fit? Seriously? Yes, according to Dr. Alan Goldhamer who explored the idea of fasting as a medicine.

An Ash Wednesday Fast for Justice

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins (Isaiah 58:1)

Bread, Not Chocolate: An Ash Wednesday Meditation

Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.

Should we persist in fasting, God through Isaiah and those writing in Isaiah's name, describe the fast that pleases God. And there is no mention of chocolate.

Lent: Learning To Suffer? Or Learning To Love?

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

So what could a justice-oriented Lent look like? What would it look like if instead of passing up a Snickers bar, we passed on the love of Christ by feeding our neighbors who don't have the luxury of turning down food?