| Aug 2, 2011
| 10:22 AM
Ramadan began Monday with special significance for Orange County Muslims, who celebrated the democratic tide washing over Egypt and Tunisia but also expressed concern for those who remain in peril in Syria, Libya and other Middle Eastern dictatorships.
| Sep 12, 2012
| 8:00 PM
I'm a hypocrite.
I'm a Muslim who drinks alcohol — except during the month of Ramadan, of course.
There. I said it. I am a hypocrite.
Alcohol is forbidden in Islam.
There are those Muslims, however, including me, who argue that alcohol is not...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 8:13 PM
Ramadan starts Thursday night (insert multiple happy faces here).
You would think that because I will be refraining from eating and drinking for about 15 hours a day for the next month, I would be dreading the arrival of Islam's holiest month.
| Jul 25, 2012
| 7:56 PM
Refraining from food and water all day during Ramadan is not that bad.
That's because we still get to eat twice — just before sunrise and again after sunset.
There's "iftar," which is the breaking-of-the-fast meal at sunset. But there's also...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 7:36 PM
The other night I struggled to come up with a simple way to describe the magnitude of "taraweh" — the extra prayers performed nightly during Ramadan.
And then an enigmatic Muslim poet I know compared it — perfectly — to opera.