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Ramadan

A collection of news and information related to Ramadan published by this site and its partners.

Top Ramadan Articles

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  • Shadia: 'Taraweh' is Muslims' opera

    The other night I struggled to come up with a simple way to describe the magnitude of "taraweh" — the extra prayers performed nightly during Ramadan. And then an enigmatic Muslim poet I know compared it — perfectly — to opera. There'...
  • Intersections: For Ramadan, camaraderie and gratitude at Glendale center

    On the first night of Ramadan in Southern California last week, the heat was taking its toll. The fans spun overhead in the dimly lit room as the first prayers were melodically recited by an imam who had made the journey from Diamond Bar. His voice and...
  • On Faith: Fasting in modern world has value

    Fasting might seem a grim topic in the midst of the Orange County Fair, beach picnics and the start of the Olympic Games. But highly observant Jews took part last weekend in Tisha B'Av, a 25-hour fast from food and drink to mark the destruction of the...
  • Shadia: A time of faith and festivity too

    Do you know how Christmas is supposed to be about faith? That's what Ramadan is supposed to be about too — God. But like Christmastime, Ramadan, for some, becomes a time for lavish dinner parties and uncontrollable spending. For producers and...
  • Bottle of acid thrown at Islamic school in Lombard

    Bottle of acid thrown at Islamic school in Lombard
    Ramadan prayers were disrupted at an Islamic center in western suburban Lombard when someone threw a bottle of acid at the building. It happened at the College Preparatory School of America around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The building supervisor says...
  • Shadia: Pursuing the 'night of power'

    Something's been keeping me up at night. I haven't had much beauty sleep in the last eight nights, and I'm not due for much more until the end of Ramadan, which is — sadly — on Saturday. I've been up in search of "Laylat ul-Qadr," the...
  • Muslim leader reflects, celebrates as holy month ends

    Muslim leader reflects, celebrates as holy month ends
    For Dr. Zaher Sahloul, the holy month of Ramadan has tested his strength and recharged his spirit. Gathering with thousands of other Muslims in Bridgeview’s Toyota Park on Sunday to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, a day of prayer and festivities to break...
  • Shadia: The wine cork is still in the bottle

    I'm a hypocrite. I'm a Muslim who drinks alcohol — except during the month of Ramadan, of course. There. I said it. I am a hypocrite. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam. There are those Muslims, however, including me, who argue that alcohol is not...
  • Shadia: Refreshing my faith during Ramadan

    Ramadan starts Thursday night (insert multiple happy faces here). You would think that because I will be refraining from eating and drinking for about 15 hours a day for the next month, I would be dreading the arrival of Islam's holiest month. You would...
  • Ramadan's high note is often a dip

    Ramadan's high note is often a dip
    Ramadan is a holiday observed by fasting, but when it's time to eat, the meals can be feasts. No food or drink is allowed from dawn to dusk during the annual monthlong Muslim period of fasting, which began this year on the evening of July 19. Because...
  • Shadia: The benefits of Ramadan are truly endless

    Refraining from food and water all day during Ramadan is not that bad. That's because we still get to eat twice — just before sunrise and again after sunset. There's "iftar," which is the breaking-of-the-fast meal at sunset. But there's also...