Egypt, Ponzi Scheme and Ramadan Health Tips: Top Headlines

It's the end of the first week of July and ILLUME Magazine had a great week for readers-- along with some sensational stories in the past two weeks.


Here are ILLUME's top headlines for the past two weeks:


Ramadan Nutrition and Weight Loss Tips

Next week, Ramadan begins and many Muslims will be fasting. Many people complain that they actually gain weight in Ramadan, despite the fact that they don't eat all day. Of course, fancy feasting could be the culprit, so it becomes even more important to eat well in Ramadan, especially if you're trying to lose weight in Ramadan. ILLUME pulled some tips from an article by celebrity fitness trainer Rehan Jalali. Read our summary of his tips here and follow our link to the original article.

READ: How to Lose Weight While Fasting (ILLUME)


Ponzi Scheme Claims Muslim Nonprofits in Los Angeles


A Pakistani man was arrested and charged for running a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. What is a Ponzi scheme and who was Syed Qaisar Madad, the man who some are calling "The Muslim Bernie Madoff"? How did such a man get the confidence, respect and money of the Los Angeles community?

READ: The Muslim Bernie Madoff: Syed Qaisar Madad Jailed For Ponzi Scheme (ILLUME)



Egypt, Turkey, and Protests

Dr. Muqteder Khan writes his perspective on the riots and protests in Turkey and Egypt. What's going on in those regions and what drives the protesters?

READ: The Clash of Cultures from Istanbul to Cairo (ILLUME)


History of  Muslim African-American Slaves: The Story of Omar ibn Said

President Obama visited a former slave trade post in Senegal, which got ILLUME asking: How many Muslim slaves crossed through this post? So with a little bit of research, ILLUME found the story of Omar ibn Said, a former African slave who was once a Muslim scholar back in Africa. Read about the transcripts he left behind, as well as his supposed conversion to Christianity.



READ: African Muslim Slaves: Obama Visits Former Slave Post in Senegal (ILLUME)


Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat: Fashion Tips for Those Who Want to Cover Up

If you're not into wearing tanks and shorts this summer, here are a few tips on how to keep trendy, keep cool, and beat the heat this summer.

READ: 5 Tips for Modest Summer Fashion (ILLUME)