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More health advice for your Ramadan

Many of our readers have suggested additional resources for Ramadan health advice, so we decided to offer more information, in addition to our other posts on health and fasting.

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Most of our members have asked us to more prominently display our link to the British National Health Service’s guide to good health during Ramadan. Others have asked about advice for continuing aggressive workout routines during Ramadan. This insight from celebrity fitness consultant Rehan Jalali might prove to be a useful resource.  Continue reading

Keys to a healthy Ramadan

Ramadan is a month of spirituality and reflection. As we prepare ourselves for it, we need to remember the importance of preparing our bodies to adapt to the change that fasting brings to our system.

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Since Ramadan will be in the summer, hydration becomes an important issue. Taking sufficient amounts of water is essential to avoid dehydration. Individuals with chronic disease such as heart and kidney diseases as well as diabetics must consult with their physicians before they start fasting.

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Fasting and fitness: keep the pounds off

Some Muslims have the misconception that since they fasted all day long, they can eat as much as they want after sunset. The bottom line is that if you do not burn the calories that you consume, you will gain weight. And the fact is, that most Muslims will consume more calories and move less during Ramadan.

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Teens buzzing after first summer youth program

The Islamic Center of Southern California recently concluded an incredibly successful Summer Session on Islam that left the youth buzzing with excitement.

The course was designed to enhance the Islamic knowledge of our youth. It focused on major themes in the Quran through interactive lectures as well as games and activities.

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More than a ritual, Ramadan has broad significance

When we look at Ramadan in essence, not just as a ritual, we will discover the great relevance of this essence to our lives, here and now.

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The main essence of fasting is the ability to self restrain, to postpone gratification, to be liberated from the compelling demands of our need and greed, and to do that for a higher consideration.

This is unique to human species, distinguishing us above the animal kingdom.  Continue reading

ICSC part of pioneering interfaith project

The Islamic Center of Southern California was recently part of a group of mosque and church congregations gathered together for education and conversation – a picture the creators of the “Standing Together” program hope will materialize in Southern California starting this fall (also read about it here and in the LA Times).

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At the national convention of the Episcopal Church held in Anaheim (CA) last month, the co-founders of the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group unveiled a seven-series study guide and a two-hour DVD for Standing Together, a new interfaith project.

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