Something We All Need for Ramadan "Spirtual Declutter"

Tami Mir | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tami Mir

It's a declutter Ramadan party and your invited by getting rid of everything that didn't matter, I made room for everything that did. Thirty day Ramadan Goal 2015, I am more than often persuaded to do things I don't feel like doing and that is clearing out my junk.

China's Clampdown On Uighurs Will Breed Further Extremism

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

While many of us are fortunate to reside in countries that permit a degree of religious freedom, one that allows us to practice our faith, for the Uighur Muslim minority in China's far western Xinjiang region such a freedom has been growingly truncated by the Chinese government in Beijing.

Fasting For Five Days A Month May Help You Live Longer And Lose Weight

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If the 5:2 seems like too much work, there is an easier way to stay trim, get smarter and live for longer, apparently. According to new research l...

Fasting: It's More Than Just Starvation

Meliha Hayat | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

Over the next month millions of Muslims across the world will be observing fasts during the month of Ramadhan (the Islamic month of fasting). Fasting is a very important component in Islam; it is one of the five main pillars that make up the values of the religion and is also seen as a practice that is good for the soul.

Ramadan Spirit Can Heal Our Fractured World

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

In this year's month of Ramadan, which is only a few days away, Muslims in the northern hemisphere will have very long days of fasting. In London it is expected to be around 19 hours of voluntary 'starvation' from food, drink and physical intimacy. This annual month-long fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam aimed to create 'God-consciousness' (taqwa in Arabic) amongst believers.

Snacking At Night May Increase Your Risk Of Cancer And Diabetes

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Eating a late dinner or snacking at night may increase a person's risk of breast cancer and diabetes, according to a new study. The research found...

The 5:2 Diet Could Help Make Your Body 'Resilient To Stress'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A new study has found that the ever popular 5:2 diet could actually help make your body more resilient to stress. The diet, which has been endorsed...

British Muslims Have British Values

Sadiq Khan | Posted 24.09.2014 | 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 23.09.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 29.08.2014 | 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? | 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?