Ramadan 2014 – White House Iftaar & Learning to Play the Game

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As many of us heard via social media, President Obama made a statement at the 2014 White House Iftaar in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against Rocket Fire from Hamas. I, like many American Muslims, was very upset after hearing this and wondered how and why the President, who I supported and voted for in 2008 and 2012, would say something so disrespectful to an audience of mainly American Muslims at a White House Iftaar.But after thinking about it and reading articles and f … [Read more...]

Avoiding ‘Fat-Rebound’ After Ramadan

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Avoiding 'Fat-Rebound' After Ramadanby Guest Blogger Yusuf Clack of "Clack Fit"*** Consult your doctor before changing your diet or exercise program***For some us, we lose 4-10 lbs in Ramadan, but... put it ALL back by the end of Shawwal!We get our hopes up every year. This time will be different. It’s a new chapter. We’ve changed!Until... gravity takes over. Fail.Part of the perceived rapid weight loss is often due to faulty weighing practices. If you weigh yourself to … [Read more...]

EID Day Recipes – Enjoy!

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Here are some good recipes for EID day.These came from Cooking Fanatic Nyela G. in Mississauga, Canada.  She can be reached via email at maplemasala16@gmail.comSheer Korma ("Milk with Dates" in Urdu - it is a popular sweet dish eaten on the Morning of Eid)Ingredients: 5 cups milk 1/2 packet vermicelli noodles 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup blanched almonds 1/2 cup pistachios 4 small cardamom pods 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup oilDirections: In a pot, boil milk. Add sugar and cardamom, a … [Read more...]

An American Ramadan, Circa 1955

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Does the first experience of Ramadan begin the same for everyone? It all depends on the time and where this all takes place. Consider the time to be during the year 1955 or early 1956, and the place was Oakland when I experienced my first month of fasting. I don’t remember for sure just what time of year it was since time has elapsed.The ordinary calendars said nothing about when Ramadan should begin. There was very little printed literature available, except what I received in the mail from … [Read more...]

Summer Ramadan Recipes

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Here are some good recipes for helping to recover from those long summer day fasts this Ramadan.These came from Cooking Fanatic Nyela G. in Mississauga, Canada.  She can be reached via email at maplemasala16@gmail.comSuhoor (Pre-Dawn Meal): Figs with yogurtIngredients·        1 cup full-fat yogurt·        1 orange·        1/2 cup of water·        2 cinnamon sticks·        5 whole cloves·        1/2 teaspoon aniseed·        9 tablespoons honey·       … [Read more...]

The “Bat-Ramadan” Situation

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“Is that the new moon for Ramadan?…no wait…it’s the Bat Signal!”For movie geeks, the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is opening up in theaters on July 20th, 2012 – which  coincidentally is the 1st day or night of Ramadan (depending on if you follow local moon sighting or not)!There has been much discussion online on whether or not young Muslims should go and watch the movie because of its unfortunate release during  R … [Read more...]


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