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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 14: A personal reflection on the struggle to improve

So far all that has been mentioned in this blog is what’s to come from us: how are we preparing for our future, the habits we’re forming, the people we plan to keep in touch with, etc. The reason we tend to think of the future during Ramadan is because … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 13: Guest blogger shows off – or not

Sobia Siddiqui, our 30 Days of Ramadan blogger, is taking a break for today, so guest blogger (and CAIR-TX Communications Coordinator) Ruth Nasrullah is re-posting something she wrote for the Houston Chronicle several years ago.  Enjoy! I have tended toward laziness with my prayers over the last few months. I … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 12: A global community of fasting Muslims

What I find most interesting about fasting is that it is a very personal, yet an extremely communal activity. Personal: It’s something you do as an act of worship, on your own time with consideration to yourself. If you don’t fast, no one around you can tell unless you give … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 11: Back on track

1/3 of Ramadan is over.  It’s time to stop and self-evaluate. Have we achieved any of our goals? Have we started? Or started and left off? The lull is understandable; as stated in a previous post, a busy Ramadan is not easy. We start the month with enthusiasm and then … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 10: Being committed

It takes commitment. Ramadan takes commitment. In fact, being Muslim in general takes commitment. But that’s the beauty of it. Think about it: in addition to the month of fasting and the holy pilgrimage, Muslims pray five times a day and they abstain daily from alcohol, drugs, and other “indulgences” … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, day 9: The Disney version :)

I believe I have had my fair share of epiphanies this Ramadan and at this time in the month I can’t say which is the most earth shattering. So instead of focusing on ‘the most’ this or ‘the most’ that, I’m going to focus on the epiphany at hand – … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 8: Taraweeh – decadence without the calories

A few of my posts have already mentioned attending Taraweeh in passing without taking the time to appreciate it in full. I am shame-faced because I am an absolute Taraweeh nut. If you do not know what Taraweeh is, the technical definition is that Taraweeh is a post-Isha salat only … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 7: Eight things to do with the kiddos

Ramadan in the summer means the kiddos don’t have eight hours of learning and socializing to distract them from boredom. Sure there are sports and other games to play but if parents are fasting, that makes it hard to sustain a large amount of energy and enthusiasm for very long. … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 6: Leave a third for your breath

What the basic act of fasting during Ramadan entails is: waking up before sunrise for a meal, not eating or drinking for an approximate 15 hours, and then eating again while the sun sets. At first glance it seems that Ramadan is an opportune month for losing a couple of … Continue reading

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30 Days of Ramadan, Day 5: Don’t take your rights for granted

The previous blog was about attaining and maintaining that spiritual high that is so characteristic of Ramadan. What I failed to mention, because it honestly didn’t cross my mind, is the right we have to go about attaining and maintaining that spiritual high – as Muslims and as Americans. I … Continue reading

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