Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

“Boys,” I asked my two sons a few years ago, “what are you giving up for Lent?” My youngest son quickly pounced. “Broccoli, I’m giving up broccoli for Lent.” He beamed, knowing he had just beaten the system of vegetable requirements at dinner. His older brother, who...
Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Look Back | How You Can Benefit by Observing Ramadan

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Aug. 26, 2009. At the time of publication, Damaj was president of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and served on the board of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Richmond Habitat for Humanity....
Why I’m Not Giving Up Anything for Lent

Why I’m Not Giving Up Anything for Lent

What are you giving up for Lent this year? How many times have you been asked that question already? I really don’t like it when folks ask me that. I’m sure it’s because they assume that I have something really holy to offer. Yet I don’t. I’ve never really fasted more...

Muslims to Begin Observance of Month of Ramadan

My fondest memory of Ramadan is from my childhood. It happened in the wee hours of the night, an hour or so before the crack of dawn. I slowly became conscious listening to a beautiful recitation of the Quran and smelling the aroma of cooking. My parents didn’t...