Fasting is about learning self-discipline and generosity. Fasting times vary throughout the world There are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, but they have vastly different fasting times during Ramadan because it follows the hours of daylight.In Iceland, for example, there are more than 21 hours of daylight, while a daily fast in Australia might only be 11 hours.Muslims in polar regions of continuous daylight can adjust to the hours of their nearest city, or they can follow the fasting hours of Mecca. Fasting can be healthy if done right Short bursts of fasting in Ramadan can help with weight loss and release endorphins that improve mental well-being, according to a report by the NHS.But binging at the end of each fasting day is not advised. Ramadan contains the holiest night of the year In Islam, the Night of Power, or Laylat al-Qadr, is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad by God, and is considered the holiest night of the year.Missouri Politicians Introduce "All Lives Matter" Personhood Bill In a startling misappropriation of the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-reproductive rights politicians in Missouri started off the new year by introducing the so-called "All Lives Matter Act" - a bill designed to strengthen Missouri's already existing personhood law.The "All Lives Matter Act," sponsored by Republican state Representative Mike Moon, is one of several anti-reproductive rights proposals that will be considered in the state's 2016 legislative session....In a daring raid 120 miles (192km) inside Pakistan, a team of US special forces flew from Afghanistan to Bin Laden's hiding place in the dead of night.
On hearing of Bin Laden's death, Mr Obama declared: "We got him." The US operation to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden was months in the planning but took just minutes to complete.
(The term termagant sums up the surprising way Westerners saw Muslim women before the seventeenth century.) Here are some examples of customs and social attitudes from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head.
I have made sure only to include instances in this weblog entry that represent a general outlook, and not just a single person's idiosyncrasy, anecdotes that reflect the Shari'a or societal consensus, not deviants and outcasts.
Marrying off young daughters for the dowry in Yemen: As civil war grinds on in Yemen and families become destitute, one option to decrease expenses and raise capital is to marry off pre-pubescent girls.
Sudarsan Raghavan reports from Khamer, Yemen, for the Washington Post about Fayrouz Ahmed Haider, 10 or 11 years old: Fayrouz's mother needed a blood transfusion.