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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: CHARITABLE GIVING IN ISLAM

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Being charitable and providing for the needy is one of the five pillars (tenets) of Islam. Many of the world's faiths emphasize the importance of charity. In Islam, there is (zakat), obligatory charity and (sadaqah), voluntary charity. The act of volunteering to help those in need is cons...
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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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DAILY INSPIRATION: WHAT IS SHARIAH?

This feature is coordinated by The Post-Standard/Syracuse.com and InterFaith Works of CNY Sharia means "a pathway" or "a road." Sharia is an integral part of Islam. It's often defined as "Islamic law" causing the assumption that it consists mostly of criminal rulings and penalties. However, Sharia encompasses much more than the conventional understanding of law. While Shar...
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