Religion

Ramadan Diary: As Fasting Ends, the Lessons of Ramadan Linger – Ambah
08/07/2013

Ramadan Diary: As Fasting Ends, the Lessons of Ramadan Linger – Ambah

Ramadan means more in the lives of Muslims than refraining from eating and drinking during the daylight hours. The ritual fasting during the holy month is among the five pillars of Islam: Shahadah, the declaration of faith; Salat, five daily prayers; Zakat, charitable giving; Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca; and Sawm of Ramadan, the ritual fasting during this holy month.

Ramadan Diary: Waging ‘Inner Jihad’ on an Empty Stomach – Ambah
07/31/2013

Ramadan Diary: Waging ‘Inner Jihad’ on an Empty Stomach – Ambah

The holy month of Ramadan — a special time of prayer and fasting — began July 10, 2013 in Saudi Arabia. Today SUSRIS presents for your consideration the fourth of five selections from a series by Faiza Saleh Ambah entitled, “Ramadan Diary,” in which she shared her personal journey through the holy month.

President Obama, Secretary Kerry Host Iftar Dinners
07/26/2013

President Obama, Secretary Kerry Host Iftar Dinners

This week President Obama and Secretary Kerry observed the breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan in the Islamic world with dinners at the White House last night and at the State Department on the night before. The Iftar dinners have become a regular practice since the Bush Administration as a way to highlight the significance of the holy month with Muslim Americans and demonstrate understanding among the diverse U.S. religious communities.

Ramadan Diary: Enough Faith to Fast? – Ambah
07/13/2013

Ramadan Diary: Enough Faith to Fast? – Ambah

Today we present for your consideration “Enough Faith to Fast?”, the first selection from a series entitled, “Ramadan Diary,” by journalist Faiza Saleh Ambah marking her personal journey through the holy month.