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Charity's Pleasure of Participation

Kari Ansari | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Kari Ansari

We're helping when we send our gently used things to folks in need, right? Not always, because the greater the distance between the crisis and us, the less effective these tangible gifts become.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Giving Better vs. Giving More -- Being Smarter With Our Charity

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Many of us tend to give more during Ramadan. Be smart about your giving. Look to support those who have sensible ideas, are visionary in their scope, and have the skills to get done what they are telling you they want to do.

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Syria On My Mind -- Curing the Illness of Indifference

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.20.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Abdel Rahim just wants a blanket for his daughter-in-law - let's give him and the rest of people of Syria that and much more.

Millions Dodging Ramadan Tax Collectors

AP | ADIL JAWAD | Posted 10.17.2012 | Religion

KARACHI, Pakistan — During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muhammad Tashfeen Khan does what millions of other Pakistanis do: tries to keep his...

Let’s Make Ramadan More Than An Exercise In Empathy

Soha Yassine | Posted 09.18.2012 | Religion
Soha Yassine

Abstaining from food and water from the break of dawn until sunset gives those of us living in the world's most obese country a figurative taste of extreme poverty. But how can we be more than actors playing the part of the hungry?

An Open Letter to the Sultan of Oman : Please, Leave a Tip for a Sick Woman

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 07.07.2012 | World
Sasa Milosevic

During your recent and glamorous visit to Croatia, you left about $60,000 in tips for the staff of the hotels Hilton Imperial and Rixos Libertas in Dubrovnik.

Dilemmas Of A Muslim Shopper

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

While the wealth we accumulate is a grace from God, it is also a test to see how we will manage, distribute and respect it.

Eid ul-Fitr 2011: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan

Posted 10.22.2011 | Religion

Eid ul-Fitr, often abbreviated to Eid, is a three-day Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid ul-...

Ramadan Lessons From My Kids

Kari Ansari | Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion
Kari Ansari

Every year as I prepare for Ramadan, I try to set goals for our family. But the kids feel most connected when they are helping others for God's sake. They don't need my list of spiritual goals.

Zakat: The Wealth Of Charity

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

Giving generously and with the right intention in no way diminishes your wealth. Your money has greater baraka, blessing, in it.

Ramadan Acts Of Worship Connect Us To The Suffering of Others

Kari Ansari | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Kari Ansari

Zakat is an almsgiving tax that every Muslim that has the means will pay this month. My husband and I will calculate our savings and pay roughly 2.5% of that savings to a charity we choose.

Ramadan Reflection Day 5: A Prayer For Somalia

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

These people have no water to drink. Imagine if that was our reality. What's even more remarkable is that many of them who are Muslim are still fasting because that is how important their Islam is to them.

The Holy Kitchens Of Islam: Mabrouk Ramadan

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn | Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion
Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

The Muslim world is vital and interesting, wondrously diverse and full of good people. It covers the full political spectrum, and it is replete with people sharing food during Ramadan.

Muslim Faith: Function Over Form

Dalia Mogahed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dalia Mogahed

Sharing our wealth with those in need gives us practice putting God before material gain. The outcome should be a heart and mind wired toward justice and compassion, and actions to prove it.

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

Cairo to Fort Hood: Broader Engagement at Home and Abroad

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Mass murders have become a depressingly familiar punctuation in the rhythm of modern day American despair.

Guests of God: 2.5 Million Muslims Worship in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in This Year's Hajj

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Never has there been a more important time for Muslims to engage in greater introspection, self-evaluation. We face a Muslim world rife with conflicts, sectarian hatred, misogyny and injustice.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.