9 Health Habits to Practice This Ramadan

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As we know, fasting can have tremendous health benefits, but only when practiced correctly. When you approach Ramadan in the right way, the advantages you receive are endless. Aside from the amazing spiritual benefits we receive, Allah (swt) has blessed us with a means of achieving great health through this special month. Not only that, but incorporating good health habits into Ramadan will help with fatigue, hunger, dehydration and help us to feel our best.

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What Your Mom Never Told You

To all the sons and daughters reading this, you’ll never know how it feels to have a part of your heart walk around in the form of a human, whom you’ll love unconditionally with every cell in your body. You’ll never understand it until you become a parent. Cherish your moms while you still can before time steals her away and you’re left with a void that no human on Earth can ever fill.

Notes From The Heart

Mom day

Her face glowed with excitement as she handed me a very colorful (and may I add very tacky) invitation card.
“My friend is having a party this weekend! Can I please go?” My daughter asked, her heart beating so loud with anticipation I literally felt the walls crack.
“No” I answered calmly, my eyes still on my book.
“OMG why? It’s like THE party of the year! Mommy please!”
“I said no”
“This is so unfair!” My daughter ran to her room, trailing gigantic tear drops on the floor. “I’m never allowed to do anything I want.” She mumbled before locking herself to write about her miserable, prison-like life in her pink diary.

I sighed and closed my eyes… and the memories sneered back at me with a mean smile.

This is the part where an image of me today is distorted in a wave-like motion with twinkling background music…

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SISTERS Reads: As One Door Closes

Incest and rape are not only rampant issues within non-Muslim families, they are also an epidemic in many Muslim families where many ‘religious’ men abuse the women under their roofs […]

Between Sisters, SVP!

Written by Sahar Abdulaziz. Reviewed by Papatia Feauxzar. Published by Booktrope Publishers

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As One Door Closes author Sahar Abdulaziz is a resident of Pennsylvania, with degrees in psychology, and  health and wellness. Abdulaziz also holds a certification in community health, she has answered hotline phones and worked as a domestic violence counsellor/advocate. As a staunch advocate for mutual respect and acceptance, she currently acts as a speaker and writer dedicated to helping those with hidden and painful disorders to cope more successfully.

Abdulaziz’s women’s contemporary fiction novel As One Door Closes begins with the news of the death of the abuser, Robert McCurty, as Zoe (his daughter-in-law) is ordered by his son Gavin to call her other dysfunctional in-laws and inform them of the news. As the news is received by the different daughters and granddaughters who have suffered a great deal of pain at the hands of the sadistic…

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The Written Stuff vs.The Not Written Stuff: Sex Education From An Islamic Perspective Part II

We have to be honest with ourselves and admit that teenagers can’t be tamed to a specific mold. They are curious about sex and their private parts. And it’s normal. Satisfying that curiosity with proper sexual education is what will stop the wondering and appease their mind. Keeping secrets is actually thrilling. However, when things are in broad day light and the light shone upon, they kinda loose their appeal.

The Human Lens

Part II, Written By Papatia Feauxzar of The Between Sisters, SVP

Our prophet sallallahu aleihi wassalam said, “The person to whom Allah gives a child must give him a nice name, must raise the child right, must teach the child when s/he reaches puberty, and must start making arrangements to wed his or her offspring. If the parent doesn’t plan for these things and that the child sins, the parent is responsible for the sin.”

Now, no one said to force your children in marriage at an early age or worse, make plans for them. What you need to do, is to instill the fear of Allah in them. If there is no Allah everything is possible in the bad way. And if there is Allah everything is possible in a good way. If they learn to fear Allah, they’ll not deviate from the right path insha’Allah. That said, no…

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The Written Stuff vs.The Not Written Stuff: Sex Education From An Islamic Perspective Part I

The real problem of Muslim societies is their cultural upbringing, not their religious training because often they are brought up in a state of ignorance with regards to sex issues. And due to this, they aren’t comfortable with their own sexuality or its expression.

Another big problem faced by our communities is following blindly illiterate clerics promoting strange and gender insensitive ideologies on human sexuality. Most Muslims don’t try to research their own religion; they leave it to such so-called teachers. These sorta male clerics are responsible for limited and inaccurate teachings on sexuality topic in the name of Islam, big example is the anti-birth control laws and teachings, which allow men to enjoy unprotected sex but send their wives to illegal abortion clinics where many end up dying in the streets of Cairo, Lahore and Jakarta. For so-called Muslim clerics, birth control pill is haram, but a malnourished pregnant woman dying in unsafe abortion surgeries is ok!

The Human Lens

Part I, Written by By Saadia Haq of The Human Lens

This time in our collaboration we are discussing the unspeakable at length – yes the most tabooed subject among present day Muslim communities; sexual health education and rights.

Islamic countries are complicated really, they are. Just imagine being born in a society where women buying sanitary pads or a boy asking his father about the changes he’s experiencing as a teenager is deemed inappropriate and seriously frowned upon. Here being unmarried culturally stops Muslim youth from gaining sex education and young Muslims marrying too have no proper channel to learn the Islamic teachings on sexuality and intimacy between spouses.

Off course a lot of domestic abuse, patriarchal customs including marital rape of women get happily justified by numerous Muslims in the name of Islam. The present day Muslim male fear of ‘uncontrolled women’ has resulted into justification of male guardianship…

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Matchless Forgiveness

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Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him)  was sleeping under a tree one day.  Da’sur,  a hostile horseman happened to pass that way.  He jumped down the faithful animal and pulled out his sword to put the enemy of his gods to death.  Awaken by the noise,  the prophet opened his eyes, and saw a sword shining over his head. 
« Who will save you now ? » cried the unbeliever with a look of triumph. 
« Allah!  » was he confident reply of the Holy Prophet.

These words struck the unbeliever with great terror.  He began to tremble and his sword fell down.  The Prophet got up with the same sword in his hand and said to Da’sur, « But who will save you now?  »
« None », replied the idol worshipper.
« No?  » replied the Prophet with a smile on his face,  « You’re entirely mistaken.  My God will save you, just as He has…

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