Muslim charities find ‘creative ways’ to meet requirements for zakat

by LAUREN CODLING CHARITY leaders have called for donations during Ramadan to help some of the most vulnerable communities during the coronavirus crisis. During Ramadan, Muslims are required to give a charitable donation, known as zakat, as part of tradition. Every Muslim who is able to and has a certain amount of wealth pays 2.5 […]

Making a mint at Ramadan

by NADEEM BADSHAH £200M MARKET IS ‘UK’S BIGGEST UNTAPPED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY’ FROM luxury chocolate-covered dates to halal sweet hampers, more big brands are looking to cash in on the £200 million-plus Ramadan economy. Research has shown there has been a rise in spending on food and gifts among British Muslims during the holy month of […]

Fast For A Day is a knockout success

by SARWAR ALAM KHAN AND BARNARDO’S MAKE TEN FANS’ DREAMS COME TRUE AT RAMADAN BOXING star Amir Khan teamed-up with children’s charity Barnardo’s for their Fast For A Day campaign and invited 10 fans, from different faiths and back­grounds, last Saturday (26) to share a meal with him at the time of breaking their fast in the […]


This recipe is taken from Indian Festival Feasts by Vivek Singh. Published by Absolute Press. IS­BN: 978 1 4729 3846 6 Raan (Whole Braised Leg of Lamb with Peppercorn and Nutmeg) (Serves 6) Ingredients: 1 leg of lamb, approx. 1.8kg (or if using spring lamb, use 2 shoulders) 3 bay leaves 3 cinnamon sticks 3 green or […]


THESE recipes are taken from Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani. Published by Frances Lincoln. ISBN: 978 0 7112 3852 7 Bakar khani (Sweet puff pastry biscuits) (Makes 8-10) Ingredients: 1 tbsp ghee for greasing tray and fingers 320g/11¼oz packet ready-rolled puff pastry plain flour, for dusting 2 cardamom pods, seeds removed and finely ground 1 egg yolk 1tbsp […]

Tips and advice for a healthy Ramadan

NAZIA KHATUN’S EXPERT NUTRITIONAL GUIDE ON HOW TO BE FULLY PREPARED FOR THE HOLY MONTH MUSLIMS all around the world have been getting ready for the holy month of Ramadan. This is the most scared month for Muslims, where we come to honour the time of God revealing the first verses of the Quran. Some […]

Devoted to music: Abid Iqbal’s top ten tracks

BIRMINGHAM-BASED Abid Iqbal is an interna­tional promoter of tilawat, naat and qawwali music. He has worked with some of the biggest artists in these three fields of Islamic spiritual music since 2003. In a Ramadan special, Eastern Eye got Abid to talk us through the 10 Muslim devotional music he loves most… Surah Ar Rahman […]

The purpose and benefits of fasting

By ANDY MARINO RESTRICTED EATING CAN HAVE BOTH SPIRITUAL AND MEDICAL BENEFITS EACH year, in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims worldwide undertake fast­ing each day between the pre-dawn suhur meal and the sunset iftar repast that ends it. The purpose of Ramadan is to focus one’s spirit­uality, to renew and purify acquaintance with […]

Power of the Muslim pound

by ANDY MARINO RAMADAN NOW BIG BUSINESS IN UK BRITAIN’S Muslim population is just under three million, accord­ing to the latest census (2011), and accounts for about five per cent of the total population. It is estimated that a third of the Mus­lim population lives in London. This is a nationwide community with an enormously […]