Fasting

British Muslims Have British Values

Sadiq Khan | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sadiq Khan

British Muslims are an extremely enterprising community. They contribute over £31billion to the UK economy every year. Over 100,000 British Muslims are civil servants, doctors, lawyers and accountants. In London alone, small businesses run by Muslims employ over 70,000 people... The majority of people view British Muslims as contributing well to our national way of life. Let us build on and strengthen that. While I'm fasting this weekend - when I'm hungry and thirsty - I will be thinking about what I can do to promote a more positive view of British Muslims - I think we should all do the same.

What Can We Take From the Student Ramadan Experience?

Camillia Khan | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camillia Khan

"I would describe fasting during university as challenging yet satisfying. As a dental student I see patients day in day out. Most people don't notice I'm fasting as my clinical abilities thankfully remain unaffected besides the odd yawn on a friday afternoon."

The Hardest Question to Answer During Ramadan

Asad Dhunna | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Asad Dhunna

It is fantastic to see a light-hearted approach to things and also that Muslims are sharing this experience with others. It also got me thinking about my very own #RamadanProblems. The hashtag is slightly ironic (and is intended to be) as you're not really supposed to complain during the month.

Ramadan - One-Third Down

Shahzad Sheikh | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Shahzad Sheikh

Here we are again; the toughest, hardest, most blessed, bestest month of the year. Consider it ritual, consider it redemption, consider it habit, consider it a challenge, consider it a marathon - it's the one to dread, the one to embrace...

Muslim Charitable Giving Multiplies in the Holy Month of Fasting

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Muslims in the country are 'Britain's top charity givers', giving an average of almost £371 each a year". Prime Minister David Cameron, in his video message to mark the start of Ramadan 2014, said "Here in Britain, Muslims are our biggest donors - they give more to charity than any other faith group."

Maybe The 5:2 Dieters Were On To Something....

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The scientific evidence that fasting can be beneficial to our health is mounting. Previous studies have shown that starving yourself for a limited...

Poorna Bell

What Is The 4:3 Diet?

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Our Say No To January campaign is meant to be a total ban on diets during this particular month, but in light of all the buzz around the 4:3 diet, we ...

Teenage Girls Have 'Extreme Fears' About Gaining Weight

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Behaviour typical of eating disorders is occurring in teenage girls much earlier than people think, experts have found. One in 10 teenage girls have "...

When Ramadan Comes to an End

Asad Dhunna | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK
Asad Dhunna

Twenty-nine days later. 29 long, hot, hungry days later. The end of Ramadan is here. And with it always comes a range of feelings.

Ramadan Spirit: The Best Way to Fortify Morality

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Real-life Muslims have considerable contradictions in practical, day-to-day life: we have a disproportionately high number of Muslims in the prison population that is worrisome; there is a visible, although tiny, number of violent extremists who have been putting Muslims in the docks through their mindless acts. The Ramadan message needs to reach all Muslims.

The Secret to Spirituality

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun

During the month we (Muslims) train ourselves, train ourselves to have restraint, train ourselves to have patience and steer clear from basic desires. The desire to eat, the desire to drink, the desire to argue back when under attack, the desire to indulge curbing our enthusiasm for all of these things until the set time and realizing that in actuality we are in no need of most of these desires.

A Non-Muslim Take on Ramadan

Asad Dhunna | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Asad Dhunna

Over the past week I was struck by real humility after two people said they would try fasting in order to gain compassion and understanding for what millions around the world are undertaking. Their label? Non-Muslims.

Fasting: The Half Way Point

Asad Dhunna | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK
Asad Dhunna

We're half way through Ramadan. That's right, day 15 today. And there's one question I can't seem to find an answer to: Is it getting easier?

A Fast Look at Three Important Traits

Asad Dhunna | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Asad Dhunna

I'm really starting to enjoy fasting. There, I said it. In my first blog post I wrote about how I wasn't quite sure about giving up food and drink this year; due to a combination of questioning my faith and also the impending heat wave but now we are almost a week in I find myself looking at things differently and so far there are three things I have come to realise.

School Refuses To Give A 10-Year-Old Drink Of Water..

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

A furious mother has complained that her 10-year-old son was refused a drink of water during one of the hottest summer days of the year, because the t...

Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead: Man Drinks Himself To Slimmer Physique And Better Health

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Once upon a time Joe Cross was 100 pounds overweight, loaded with steroids and suffering from autoimmune disease. Now he's slimmer, healthier and an a...

Ramadan Begins For British Muslims (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

Many of the UK's 2.7milion Muslims will have greeted the arrival of this week's long summer days with a resigned shake of the head. This week marks...

Day One in the Big Ramadan House

Asad Dhunna | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Asad Dhunna

I'm lucky because I'm physically able to fast (touch wood / Masha'Allah) but given the heat wave it really needs to come down to practicality and personal choice. Some relatives of mine said they wouldn't keep fast because in previous heat waves abroad they've fainted. Their attitude makes sense. Why put yourself in danger like that if you've had bad experiences?

Real Bad Muslims

Naila Missous | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Naila Missous

In light of the Channel 4 decision to play the adhan (Muslim call to prayer) daily during the holy month of Ramadan, I thought a post from the perspective of a Western Muslim would be much needed...

Cholesterol: My Steps to Reducing It

Paul Bailey | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Bailey

I've always been interested in monitoring my cholesterol ever since my mother died from a heart attack aged just 45. I was 13 years old at the time. Watching your mother drop dead in front of you is something you carry with you for the rest of your life. So I knew that I had to look after my health and most importantly my heart.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Eight-Hour Diet

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Fasting is the latest diet craze, with experts claiming the process can do everything from kickstart your metabolism to encourage speedy weight loss ...

Why I Spent a day Fasting This Ramadan and What I Learnt

Jon Ashworth | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Politics
Jon Ashworth

Over 3000 Muslim athletes competed in the Olympics earlier this summer and at the same time it was Ramadan. Like thousands of my constituents in Leicester, many of those athletes will have observed the fast.

Maybe it's Time We All Considered Fasting?

Imogen Clements | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK
Imogen Clements

Ramadam may be over, but maybe it's time we all gave fasting a try.

Reviving the Spirit of Fasting and Ramadan

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Religion and religious practice is for a higher purpose; to lift the status of human beings. When it comes to Islam it is about the spirit and message...

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Rita Pal | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Fasting has been common throughout history . It is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is often used as a method of non-violent resistance to effect political change. Famous fasts include the forty hour fast by World Vision to bring awareness to poverty and hunger around the world. Mohandas K. Gandhi conducted several prolonged fasts as effective political and social protests.