ramadan

Coach Omari Grey discusses Faith & Fitness

“Hold it.” “Hold it.” “Ten more seconds….” “Done!” Participants in the Ramadan boot camp class collapse onto their mats after holding the plank position. Omari Grey (known affectionately as “Coach O” to his clients) pushes his class to achieve at least a two minute plank – a strong core is…

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Salafis, face veils, and ‘Ramadan resolutions’

I’ve often heard Muslims describe the holy month of Ramadan as an ‘iman [i.e. faith] boost’ – as though it were some kind of spiritual energy drink. A whole month, in other words, to recharge one’s spiritual batteries. In busy modern lives, Ramadan is an opportunity to focus on getting…

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A Ramadan Miracle: Dubai’s Sharing Fridges

The “Ramadan Sharing Fridge” initiative has gone viral in Dubai, and the group’s webpage has gone from a handful of people in the beginning of June to nearly 18,000 people within two weeks. The idea is simple – for residents to set up a fridge outside their house or in…

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The sweet celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr

This weekend marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. “On Eid, you are encouraged to eat all the things that are too rich, too sweet, too creamy for a normal day,” says Sumayya Usmani, who writes the food blog My Tamarind Kitchen. Muslims…

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#BlackMuslimRamadan Photos and Stories

Donna Auston, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, started the hashtag #BlackMuslimRamadan on July 8th. Auston told BuzzFeed she started the hashtag in order to increase visibility and exert a greater level of control over the American Muslim narrative, where black Muslims are rarely included. Auston also said she launched the…

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The Ramadan of My Discontent

How To Ramadan:  Strategize a game plan to rack up the spiritual highs. Break it up in three ten-day segments.  First find mercy. Abstain from food and drink for 17 hours. Make your prayers – and on time.  Next, seek forgiveness. Think about where you will be making Taraweeh prayers….

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Cloudy with a chance of suhoor

The past six Ramadans, I rise before the sun does. It’s not to eat suhoor, nor do I prepare it for my husband. I trudge by him as he groggily slurps down a bowl of O’s, we exchange a look of mutual exhaustion. It’s a call that summons me awake, reminding me that there’s something greater than sleep. Motherhood.

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