A Non-Muslim Take on Ramadan

The word ‘Muslim’ is a label. According to the dictionary, a Muslim is an adherent of Islam.. According to Fox News yesterday, a Muslim is someone who isn’t allowed to express an opinion on anything else in the world. I read about Reza Aslan’s interview with Fox News with some interest. According to the news anchor, he isn’tContinue reading “A Non-Muslim Take on Ramadan”

Fasting: The Half Way Point

We’re half way through Ramadan. That’s right, day 15 today. And there’s one question I can’t seem to find an answer to: Is it getting easier? On the one hand, I want to say yes. I’ve gotten used to interrupted sleep to get up and eat breakfast (Sehri), I’ve gotten used to working through lunchtimeContinue reading “Fasting: The Half Way Point”

Does food have to look good?

8 days into a month of fasting. Just over a quarter of the way through. 22 left to go. Not that I’m counting or anything. The past three days have been exhausting. The lack of a full night’s sleep due to waking up before sunrise to eat, the full on heatwave and a hectic workloadContinue reading “Does food have to look good?”

Some Ramadan Lessons So Far

About a week in and what have I learnt? A Fast Look at Three Important Traits I’m really starting to enjoy fasting. There, I said it. In my first blog post I wrote about how I wasn’t quite sure about giving up food and drink this year; due to a combination of questioning my faith and alsoContinue reading “Some Ramadan Lessons So Far”

Ramadan: Day One

I penned some thoughts on the first day of Ramadan over on the Huffington Post. Check it out… Day One in the Big Ramadan House The headline only works if you say it in Marcus Bentley‘s Big Brother narrator voice, so apologies to you if that’s one cultural reference too far. So here we are; day one ofContinue reading “Ramadan: Day One”

The Call to Prayer: Channel 4’s Call to Arms?

Channel 4 this week announced that the Muslim call to prayer, the adhan, is to be broadcast on air throughout Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. It’s been decided as a deliberate act of “provocation” aimed at viewers who associate Islam with terror and extremism and quite frankly it has been a long time coming. You canContinue reading “The Call to Prayer: Channel 4’s Call to Arms?”