Skinny Dipping in Ramadan

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By Rushain Abbasi When thinking about the month of Ramadan, I often recall a story I heard from a peculiar Muslim scholar. In an attempt to advise Muslims on preparation for this holy month, he spoke of an odd incident from his relatively unorthodox youth. Traveling in the backwoods of Europe, he passed by a [Read More...]

‘Getting It’ This Ramadan

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By Aaron Vlek I’ve been really looking forward to Ramadan this year. I look forward to it every year actually, and usually look to its long days and rituals as something of a spiritual retreat, an inner vacation and a time of heightened awareness and togetherness with fellow Muslims far and wide that I don’t [Read More...]

The Conversation in my Head – Ramadan in July

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By Hesham Hassaballa In the Name of the Infinitely Good and Compassionate Beloved Lord July 9 marks the first day of Ramadan in 2013. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims must forgo food and drink (yes, even water) during the daylight hours. Because the Islamic sacred calendar is lunar, Ramadan [Read More...]

Calling Spades Across the Divide in the Comedy of Errors – The Saga of Umar Lee and the Islamists

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By Ahmed Younis and Dr. Bassem Youssef Umar Lee left Islam — and then came back. One of the things Egyptians and Americans have in common is professional wrestling. Weekly translations of the glory years of WWF episodes have ensured that there is nothing missed (in translation) between the youth of our two worlds. From [Read More...]

Parenting in the Age of New Media – Advice for (Muslim) Parents

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By Maher Budeir We often hear the phrases, “When I was your age…” or “The youth these days are different” or “It is all because of access to video games and other bad stuff on Facebook,” when we hear our elders speaking of the younger generation. But, is it really so? Is the current generation [Read More...]

Nine Lessons for New Converts/Reverts to Islam

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By Olivia Kompier So you’ve converted/reverted to Islam. What now? 1. It Gets Easier The beginning is always the hardest.  You’ve found the truth, fulfillment, and a sense of peace you never imagined possible.  A handful of people can’t wait to share Islam with their families, but for most of us, breaking the news to [Read More...]


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