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Issue 141 (Ramadan Edition)

Ramadan Mubarak WNY! It's that time of year already: a time of spiritual transformation, when we fast during the day, pray at night and we both forgive, and ask for forgiveness while trying to help others in need. May Allah grant all of us blessings and strength during this time! Let our Ramadan edition of the Echo will be your guide to celebrating this holy month in WNY. 

What's Going On?

  • Hadith of the Week
  • WNYMuslim's Organizational Meeting
  • Upcoming Events
  • 4 Tips for a Healthy Ramadan
  • Muslims in the Media
  • The World Cup

Hadith of the Week

 “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

Organizational Meeting: Thursday, July 3rd

Join our new weekly meetings this upcoming Thursday at July 3rd, at 5:30 at 4011 Bailey Ave. Amherst, NY. We need your voices and ideas to help us grow and plan for the future, and learn what events, projects and causes you would like to see us work on. How can we better serve the Muslim community and the general WNY community? We’ll be having an organizational meetings every Thursday, so please come if you’d like to get more involved with us.

4 Tips for a Healthy Ramadan

Fasting in the summer is a challenge - the long, hot days mean the countdown to Iftar is a long one. Here are some tips to avoid the hanger (hunger + anger):

1) Make sure you drink plenty of water before you start your fast and after you break it. Staying hydrated during your fast is perhaps the greatest challenge during  Ramadan in the summer months, so to avoid headaches, dizziness and brain fog - drink up! Avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks as much as possible and reach for the real deal: a tall glass of water. Preferably 8 of them.

2) Stay in cool areas as much as you can -  you'll lose less fluids through sweat, and it will probably give you better peace of mind too.

3) Plan your meals ahead of time - this will help organize your sleeping patterns and ensure you don't overeat. It might be tempting to gorge as soon as the sun sets, but breaking your fast with dates and water and then building your way up is not only Sunnah, but a lot healthier for you since it prevents heartburn and indigestion. 

4) Get to know your community - Ramadan is an excellent opportunity to get involved with your community. Most of the masjids in the area have Iftars and potlucks you can participate in, which relieves the burden of planning an elaborate Iftar every day. Plus, you might find comfort in being around other people who can relate to you. 

Got any other tips or interesting Ramadan stories? E-mail us if you would like them to be featured on our website!

The World Cup

Let's be honest - next to Ramadan, the World Cup is probably most important event going on for most of you. So, in honor of that (and not just because we're obsessed with it too!), we thought we'd take a look at some of the Muslim players representing us on the global stage. 

Muslims are actually very well-represented this year. Aside from the entire Nigerian and Algerian teams, many German, Swiss, French and Belgian players are Muslim too. 

And not that you need it, but here's a reminder of how not to pray during the World Cup.