Fasting

Bangladesh in the Hands of Terrorists

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

The terror attack is a sad way to end this blessed month of Ramadan for the people of Bangladesh. It is a terrible end of so many innocent lives. I feel intensely distressed by these massacres. As an Imam I offer my sincere prayers and condolences for those who have lost their lives in these atrocities. Bangladesh, may God grant you true freedom and shelter from tyranny. May God make you a great nation again.

Ramadan: A Source for Conflict Resolution?

Farhad Ahmad | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Farhad Ahmad

The summer has dawned upon the UK, in all its rain-filled glory, and is expected to be the hottest since records began. Some of us have extra reason to welcome the summer this year; it heralds the month of Ramadan when Muslims abstain from food and drink for some of the longest and hottest days of the year, from dawn to dusk.

This Is What Ramadan Is About

Sara Tofiq | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sara Tofiq

As the sun sets on a cool June evening, Muslims across the UK prepare to break their fast. The eating of sweet dates from across the Middle East and d...

Learning the Lessons of a Sustainable Ramadan

Fadi Itani | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Fadi Itani

Ramadan is a special season; for a Muslim charity the usual focus is on fundraising, where a charity can receive between a third and a half of its annual income. But for many working in the charity sector, it is a time where they reconcile their relationship between those in poverty, and their relationship with God.

Pure Intentions and Sheer Willpower Can Make Long-hour Fasting More Liberating

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Ramadan demands that Muslims be positively active and dynamic in their community and wider society. As a people of faith we have a unilateral obligation to work for the good of all. We have the obligations of good-neighbourliness, of being concerned for others, to share their joys and feel their pains and to provide support and help wherever we can.

Something We All Need for Ramadan "Spirtual Declutter"

Tami Mir | Posted 04.07.2016 | 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 25.06.2016 | 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 15.06.2016 | 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 14.06.2016 | 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?

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 Dewan | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

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?