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Many Muslims look forward to Ramadan and speak of joy and spiritual anticipation. It reminds all Americans that our nation’s religious freedom, tolerance and diversity are our nation’s greatest strengths. […] Read More

My fondest memory of Ramadan is from my childhood. It happened in the wee hours of the night, an hour or so before the crack of dawn. I slowly became conscious listening to a beautiful recitation of the Quran and smelling the aroma of cooking. My parents didn’t have to nudge me. The delightful smell […] Read More

The month of Ramadan has begun. “Ramadan” is the name of the current month, the ninth in the Muslim lunar calendar, which has come to symbolize the 29- to 30-day Muslim fast, one of Islam’s five pillars. Social media has been filled with Ramadan-related posts and comments. The posts I have been seeing are for […] Read More

Representatives of the United Kingdom’s Christian denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain, have sent a message of greetings and peace to their Muslim neighbors to mark the occasion of ‘Id ul-Fitr (Eid). Eid is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan. It took place on Aug. […] Read More

Every year, during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast for 30 days. Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year because it was the month in which the Quran was revealed. The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and an essential observance for all devout Muslims. Every year, […] Read More

Our early fall trip to Istanbul, Turkey, for a few days of rest and relaxation provided a nice change of scenery and a break from the regular routine. As always, there were plentiful opportunities for people-watching, and I tried to keep my cultural sensitivity eyes and ears wide open. Since our hotel was just minutes […] Read More

NEW YORK (RNS) Two young Muslims are hitting the road for Ramadan, determined to acquire a broad ”and speedy ”picture of American Islam by breaking the holy month’s daily fast in a different state each evening. Aman Ali, 25, and Bassam Tariq, 23, are extending their Ramadan experience from last year, when they visited a […] Read More

“Why are you torturing yourself?” my friend asked when he learned that I am abstaining from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from dawn to dusk for a whole month. Worse, I am keeping a regular work schedule. In our society, some see such religious practice as excessive or even harmful. My friend was astonished […] Read More

President Bush praised the way people of various faiths have shaped the character of the United States in a Friday message recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “Islam is a peaceful religion, and people who practice the Islamic faith have made great contributions to our nation and the world,” the president said. “As Americans, […] Read More

Staying on the high rhetorical road about Islam necessitates staying away from the mud puddles of Christian fundamentalism. “Tonight we honor the traditions of a great faith by hosting this Iftaar at the White House,” he said. “Ramadan is a special time of prayer and fasting, contemplation of God’s greatness, and service to those in […] Read More