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Rabbi Maller: How fasting connects Islam and Judaism

By: Rabbi Allen S. Maller ( Source: MuslimVillage Although the Quran tells Muslims that they, like the Jews and Christians before them, are required to fast: “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint,” (Qur’an 2:183); in most Christian countries today, the only people who engage in community wide religious fasting are Jews and Muslims. Most people in western countries, even religious people, have largely forgotten the spiritual value of fasting for self restraint that is so important in the Jewish and Muslim tradition. That self restraint is realized every year by...

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Islamophobia & the media

Media again highlights the double standards when it comes to Muslims

June 4 2011 I took my young family (wife + 3 kids under 9) to downtown Sydney last Saturday night to see the spectacular light show Vivid Sydney that is currently on till June 13 (it is pretty amazing). I hadn’t been down to the city on a Saturday night for years. As we drove through the city on a cold winters night to get down to the Rocks area under the Sydney Harbour Bridge to view the Opera House, my wife and I were astounded by the manner in which many of the young ladies out on the night were dressed, or more appropriately undressed. I said to my wife is the latest fashion to be trashy. A few days later I came across this article and the thought came to me that if some of the...

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Facing life's challenges

Getting up again: A Muslim solution to my inconsistency

  Apr 15 2011 The motivation for writing this came up after having a rather unusual conversation with a young Muslim who writes a blog about his experience with bipolar. Ok let’s rewind and get a bit of background here, if you don’t know what bipolar is I recommend you do a bit of reading as odds are you’ve met someone who has it. The short version is that it is a mental illness which causes extraordinary mood swings in which a person swings between extreme happiness and depression. The topic of conversation was a rather harsh comment from a mental illness skeptic arguing that there is nothing wrong with him “We all experience mood swings”. As upsetting as this was for our young...

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