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Muslim Astronomers

Ramadan's Rituals in Outer Space

No doubt that Malaysia is one of the top Muslim countries that amazes you with its sticking to the Islamic teachings and regulations at the same time as it appreciates the scientific methodology. Malaysia sees there is indeed no contradiction between Islam and science.

Mombasa, Kenya

Chemistry Behind Fasting Endurance

A red bag of grain droops from his sheathed head as light sweat beads gently run down the ageing face of Hamisi bin Omar, a porter in Kenya’s Swahili port city of Mombasa.

Squash Player Balances Fasting with Finals

Squash Player Balances Fasting with Finals

The winner of last Monday’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) Women’s Young Player of the Year, Egyptian Nouran Gohar, was buzzing as she arrived at the UAE for her opening match of the Dubai World Series Finals, despite the fact that she accepted that her opponents might have a slight advantage. Some Muslim players decided not …

Antimatter: The Mirror We Didn’t Look At

Antimatter: The Mirror We Didn’t Look At

Science always taught us to think outside the box, get out of templates, step out of the crowd and put restrictions aside. A couple of years ago, NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope surprised the entire world with an unexpected finding: “Thunderstorms make antimatter,” a bombshell which hit the world and especially scientists. Fermi telescope observed that …

Ramadan & Sports Challenge for Muslim Athletes

Ramadan & Sports: Challenge for Muslim Athletes?

Some sports events coincide with the month of Ramadan and Muslim athletes are worried about the possibility of having the games conflict with fasting. In an attempt to address this important issue and find an answer, let me start with the story of Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister. Athletes will probably know this man very well. …

Fasting During Sports Competition: Can I Do It?

Fasting During Sports Competition: Can I Do It?

With sports events coinciding with Ramadan, many studies are investigating the effect of fasting on athletic performance. Will fasting hinder or reduce athletes’ performance? A tough question, indeed. In April 2012, the international journal of sports medicine published a research examining the effects of Ramadan fasting on athletes’ body mass, composition, and muscle potentials. Results …

Space Travel at Button Click

Space Travel at Button Click

Have you already planned your vacation trip? If not, maybe you should consider taking a ride along the solar system! Virtually speaking, the possibility is real – thanks to a new tool released by NASA that offers 3D navigation through the immensity of our cosmic habitat. Fasten your seatbelt, and welcome aboard the Eyes on the …

Corps, Environmentalists Face Off Over Arctic Oil

Corps, Environmentalists Face Off Over Arctic Oil

While scientists and environmentalists worry about the melting of the Arctic ice cap, one of the major consequences of manmade global warming, oil companies are scrambling to profit from it. Arctic ice is falling almost to its lowest level on record these years. This decrease in the ice levels opens the opportunity for oil companies …

Self-development Through Martial Arts

Self-development Through Martial Arts

Al-jihad al-akbar – the greater jihad, is the inner battle; the invisible war towards self-development and unity of mind, body and soul. Many Islamic scholars view this as the prime ambition in Islam, for without this inner jihad, man’s will over his personal and public life is meaningless as man’s physical tendencies and weaknesses can’t be …

Digital Solar Clock

Waking for a Sunless Suhoor by Solar Alarm

How can a solar alarm clock wake me up for suhoor, I thought when I saw an online ad for one. It was shortly before the beginning of Ramadan and the importance of waking early for suhoor was running through my mind.



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