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Why America Needs Ramadan Lifestyle

I think it is about time that American Muslims and Muslim minorities in general flip the script and change the narrative about our values, religion, and existence in the western hemisphere.

It’s about time that we stop being apologetic and defensive. In return, we will highlight why the world cannot function well without us and without our beautiful religion.

Yes, America Needs Ramadan Lifestyle!

America benefits on various levels from the peace, harmony, and tranquility that results from having 3+ million Muslims observing Ramadan!

Muslims here can utilize this opportunity and highlight their faith, identity, and contributions to the American fabric.

Here are some talking points to help in such discussions. PLEASE feel free to comment and add your answer to the question highlighted in this article

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Balanced Individuals

The struggle for human mindfulness, work-life balance, and holistic health is at its peak. Our human species is being invaded, literally, not by aliens and extra-terrestrial creatures, but by robots and smart machines that we created and promoted ourselves.

Apps that promote meditation and spiritual well-being are becoming increasingly popular even amongst the non-religious. (You may search for apps such as Buddhify, headspace, Stop breath and think).

What is piety?

The Islamic counterpart for mindfulness in Islamic terminology is TAQWA or piousness which adds God consciousness to the self-awareness component.

Hence, the Ramadan experience is that of minimizing temptations and distractions, restoring mind-body-soul balance, and reclaiming our humanness.

My dear fellow Muslim, the world should stop hearing you complain about not having your morning coffee!

Co-workers need to hear how Ramadan HELPS you become more human!

Furthermore neighbors have to see your smile in the day of Ramadan, despite the thirst and dehydration that you may be facing.

Your teachers, coaches, and students should see in you a living example of the Qur’anic verse:

{And if you fast, it will be better for you, if you only knew} (Al-Baqarah 2:184)

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About Dr. Mohannad Hakeem
Dr. Mohannad Hakeem is an educator, activist, and author who has studied traditionally under multiple scholars in the Muslim world for the past 20 years. He is originally from Lebanon and currently resides in Dearborn, MI, USA, where he has helped establish multiple community initiatives and organizations, with a focus on youth empowerment and education. His most recent book, "The 40 Hadith on Community Service," draws inspiration from the Quran and the Sunnah to provide young Muslims with an "algorithm" for success and excellence in both the worldly life and the afterlife. In his professional career, Dr. Hakeem earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. In this role, he has taught several students, conducted research, and authored 80+ patents and technical papers.