Fitness & Fasting: Keep Your Gains & Fast In Check This Ramadan

The time draws nigh for the most sacred month of the year for our Muslim friends, who have to observe strict fasting from dawn to sunset. With proper dietary planning, you don’t have to be afraid to train around the season – and you’ll definitely not lose your gains, if you follow these dietary guidelines closely. Here is the break-down of the dietary intake by its hour, with both the pre-dawn meal (suhur) and sunset meal (iftar) included in the plan: 1930hrs: Dinner (Iftar) 2100hrs: 1 scoop of protein for Pre-Workout 2200hrs: 1 scoop of protein for Post-Workout 2200hrs –…

From Homemade Headbands to Designer Fashion: Interview with Maqayla

By Izzan Haziq and Hannah Halim Mareenah A. Ghani was merely passing time with a fun hobby, unknowingly sowing the seeds that would culminate in a thriving business. The enterprising young woman is the founder of Maqayla, a womenswear label that has earned an avid following within the Malay Muslim community. Maqayla has been a work in progress for four years, and this weekend will see the store celebrating its one year anniversary at East Village. We speak with Mareenah on starting Maqayla and the challenges she faced in setting up her own business. DNM: How did you start Maqayla?…