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DAILY INSPIRATION | 1437 RAMADAN

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY The 12 months of the Islamic, or Hijri calendar follow a lunar cycle. A lunar month, as observed during Ramadan, may be 29 or 30 days depending on the time it takes for the moon to complete its four phases. The entire year consists of 354 or 355 days. "It is He who made the sun to be ...
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DAILY INSPIRATION | FARWELL RAMADAN

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY As we get closer the end of Ramadan, anticipation builds for the upcoming celebrations. Eid ul – Fitr is the festival that marks the end of fasting for the month of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide don their best clothes to attend the morning Eid prayer. The prayer is usually followed by fa...
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DAILY INSPIRATION | FIRST FASTS

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY For the new Muslim, observing the fast during Ramadan can be a great experience. They may have the support of friends and community members to help ease any worries and provide encouragement throughout the month. Having Iftar (the evening meal) and performing prayers with others can p...
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DAILY INSPIRATION | GOT DATES?

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY If you go to any Muslim home or Masjid for Iftar (the evening meal to break the fast) you can always count on dates and water as the first course. Naturally, our bodies need water after a fast. I'm still amazed at how much sweeter and refreshing water tastes after a day of fasting. Da...
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DAILY INSPIRATION: WHO CAN FAST?

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Every Muslim past the age of puberty is obligated to fast during the month of Ramadan, as long as they are physically able. People who are sick, travelling, women who are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding are exempt from the fast and are encouraged to make up missed days at a la...
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DAILY INSPIRATION: FASTING IN THE PAST

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Fasting is a practice that predates Islam. Throughout history, people of all different faiths regularly practiced fasting; using the time for reflection and prayer. In the Qur'an, Mary was commanded to abstain from speech after the birth of Jesus (peace be upon him). "So eat and drink...
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DAILY INSPIRATION | GRATITUDE IN ISLAM

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY "Be thankful to Allah: whoever gives thanks benefits his own soul." (Surah Luqman; Holy Qur'an, 31:12) Let us express gratitude and appreciation for life's blessings as we celebrate interfaith harmony in Syracuse. A unifying concept in many faith traditions is the practice of gratitude. B...
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DAILY INSPIRATION | DIFFERENCES BRING US CLOSER

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Islam stresses the importance of breaking down racial barriers and calls for equal treatment for all. While pointing to the existence of the variations in our races and languages, Allah (God) encourages us to see His signs in the beauty of this diversity. "And among His Signs is the creat...
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DAILY INSPIRATION: HUMAN RIGHTS IN ISLAM

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Islam stresses the basic rights of every human being and emphasizes that transgressing these rights is a transgression against God Himself. It is the understanding of Muslims that God has given every human being dignity and honor, by breathing into them of His own spirit. Given this u...
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DAILY INSPIRATION: WHAT IS WORSHIP IN ISLAM

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Worship is commonly taken to mean performing ritualistic acts such as prayer, fasting, charity, and so on. This limited understanding of worship is only one part of a comprehensive understanding of worship in Islam, which includes almost everything in an individual's life. In Islam, w...
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