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By on August 17,2008

A History of the Hajj

imageHajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’.  Islamicly, however, it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad, ... [full story]

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Why Do Muslims Fast? (part 2 of 2)

imageThe Libidinal LevelThe sexual instinct and drives (libido) are harnessed on this level of fasting.  In these times where the media continually plays on sexual desires to promote and sell products, the ability to control these powerful desires is a ... [full story]

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Why Do Muslims Fast? (Part 1 of 2)

imageMost of us who are fighting the battle of the bulge have experimented with some form of fasting, like an all fruit fast, a water fast or an sugar-free fast, you name it.  But what many may find rather strange ... [full story]

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Ramadan and Fasting (part 2 of 2): Night Prayer and Other Acts of Worship

imageLaylat al-QadrThis is the night of the Qadr.  The term Al-Qadr has been frequently translated as “the power”.  A better translation may be “the value” or “the decree” because God says the value of this night is greater than one ... [full story]

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Ramadan and Fasting (part 1 of 2): Fasting

imageRamadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, can be 29 or 30 days long.  An Islamic month begins with the sighting of the new crescent in the western horizon, immediately after sunset.  Muslims look toward the western horizon ... [full story]

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Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

imageMany Muslims who have been blessed to make Hajj often speak of how the journey is a life-changing experience.  This is more the case for some than others.Malcolm X, or Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is one Muslim who saw the light ... [full story]

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A Day and a Night in Ramadan (part 2 of 2): Worship of the Night

imageAfter performing the dusk prayer, Muslims return to their homes either to continue with their appetizers or eat dinner.  Most people, however, choose not to eat much, as it will hinder them in performing that worship which is the delight ... [full story]

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A Day and a Night in Ramadan (part 1 of 2): The Fast of the Day

imageRamadan is a very special month for the Muslims, as in it Muslims around the world perform various types of worship, the most important of them being fasting.  This fasting of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, ... [full story]

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