Rahla Khan

Muslim Food Banks Are Changing Hearts & Lives

Members of American Muslims For Hunger Relief pack food for distribution. MUSLIM-RUN food charities are a fairly recent phenomenon in the West, and although not as well publicised in the mainstream media as the ‘more newsworthy’ activities attributed to Muslims, they are received with gratitude in the communities they serve. 

Hunting for the Ramadan Spirit

MOST people my parents’ age would say that Ramadan is less “family-oriented than it used to be” and it seems to be the time where Arabic TV series and game shows dominate. One thing is for sure, the Ramadan spirit is not what it used to be, that I can say! – a commentator on …

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Remembering death and Ramadan

I remember the beginning of Ramadan last year: the festive supermarkets with their jampacked aisles, the makeshift roadside stalls outside restaurants selling crisp sambusas and subiya, the sounds of Adhan emanating from Masajid… My house overlooked a Maghsalat-Al-Amwaat Al-Khairiyyah (a charitable organization which prepares bodies for burial in the Islamic manner), and as I walked home …

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