Tommy Dharmawan, Jakarta
Every year, Muslims celebrate a whole month of fasting called Ramadhan. In this holy month, Muslims refrain from food, drink, sex and tobacco from dawn (subuh) until dusk (maghrib). Every adult Muslim must undertake this ritual as a religious obligation, except for the sick; women who are menstruating, pregnant or breast-feeding; and the elderly.
Michael Mosley fasted for two days every week
Scientists are uncovering evidence that short periods of fasting, if properly controlled, could achieve a number of health benefits, as well as potentially helping the overweight, as Michael Mosley discovered.
Posted by: Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari
The LOCOG board is well equipped to ensure a faith friendly set-up for the London 2012 Olympic Games
The London 2012 Olympic Games, which run from 27 July to 12 August, coincide with the Muslim month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. One of the five pillars of Islam is to fast during this holy month. All able-bodied Muslims are expected to fast, unless they have a valid reason not to, for example those who are travelling, sick or facing health risks.
Dubai: The Department of Nutrition at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched a campaign on Sunday to raise awareness about the importance of a balanced diet during Ramadan.
The small Scottish market town of Cupar in Fife is enjoying a boom in exports of porridge oats – thanks to fasting Muslims in the Middle East.
20/7/12 behalal.org team
Ramadan Mubarak. May this ramadan bring the blessing of this beautiful month to us and our families. We pray to Allah that He accepts all of our efforts and overlooks and forgives all of our shortcomings. Ameen.
Ramadan is an ideal time to detox, pray, connect, introspect and for greater unity to bring about improvements. For self-training for better spiritual development and an aid for physical and mental health that goes on after ramadan.
By Melissa Preddy
Ramadan begins tonight, and the month-long Islamic religious observance doesn’t end until the evening of Saturday, Aug. 18.
The holy period of fasting, prayer, meditation and other acts of faith is a momentous one for the world’s Muslims — and it also might have economic effects on companies and consumers in your area. And as you can see by this Valparaiso University map, Muslims as a Percentage of All Residents 2000, many communities nationwide are home to a noteable number of Islamic adherants.
Vendors in Egypt have been known to sell dates in Ramadan named after celebrities and popular football players but this year they will rename them after public figures. Photo: Reuters
Asthma UK have produced the following information to help people fasting.
Fasting is willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is a complete abstinence from all food and liquid for an amount of time. Other fasts may only limit particular foods or substances. Fasts may also be partial in nature, for example for a set period each day for a set length of time, such as Ramadan. Fasting may preclude sexual intercourse and other activities like smoking and drinking alcohol.
By Yacoob Manjoo
Festive Ramadan lights in Jerusalem (2009 – AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
By Bushra Al Sayegh
MORE than 40 per cent of all food prepared daily during Ramadan will be thrown away, says a top environmentalist.
A typical Bahraini household cooks around six to seven dishes for Iftar, nearly half of which will be wasted and release harmful emissions when they break down, warned Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife waste disposal unit senior environment specialist Mohammed Aman.
With Ramadan beginning shortly, the Food Standards Agency reminds people that they should consider avoiding drinking bottled water described or labelled as Zam Zam water. This is because tests have shown Zam Zam water sold in the UK, or brought into the UK for personal consumption, may contain high levels of arsenic or nitrates.
NHS North East London and the City has produced a series of guides to keeping healthy during Ramadan and give you information about where to get further help and advice.
By Zaineb Al Hassani
3/7/12 Press release
MSD has partnered with charities Silver Star and the South Asian Health Foundation to launch an educational campaign – ‘Staying Healthy During Ramadan’.
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