How Fasting Forces a Break from the Norm and Opens Our Eyes

No, fasting isn’t easy. It isn’t shiny and entertaining. It isn’t always comfortable or convenient. It requires self-restraint and resolve. But growth rarely follows periods of ease, and neon signs blind us from the stars. [Read more…]

The Pangs of Hunger – Charity and Prayers for Those Facing Starvation

Let us then direct our charity and prayers towards the 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan who are at imminent risk of starvation. For whom this Ramadan brings not the spiritual comforts of fasting but hellish hunger and the helpless horror of watching the most vulnerable among them slowly die. [Read more…]

Abdul Sattar Edhi: ‘The greatest thing Islam teaches is humanity’

Embed from Getty Images By Salman Hasan Ali Adul Sattar Edhi, arguably the world’s greatest and perhaps least known humanitarian, passed away last month; he was 88 years old. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (“We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”). Some people called Edhi a saint, others called him maulana (Islamic scholar); but [Read More…]

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Reflections from Cape Town: Four Ways to Attain Maximum Ramadan Blessings

This is Day Nine of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Imam Fakhruddin Owaisi Cape Town: Ramadan is one of God’s great blessings upon us. What I personally love the most about Ramadan is that it brings the best out of Muslims. Even the corrupt become pious. The miserly become generous. The rude become polite. The cruel [Read More…]

Year in Review: Top Ten Good Muslim News Stories of 2015

By Altmuslim Editors Sure, we could talk about the Paris attacks, Charlie Hebdo, Isis, San Bernardino, Donald Trump, Islamophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and other things that made 2015 a difficult year for Muslim news, but why not end 2015 and look to 2016 by focusing on the positive? Because a lot of good things happened in [Read More…]