The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

July 20, 2013

Meet Your Neighbor: Hiba Ansari

CLINTON — As one of millions of Muslims in America fasting during Ramadan, 19-year-old Hiba Ansari is looking forward to Aug. 8, when she will feast on her favorite food, samosas, and other cuisine.

“We go to people’s homes. We socialize. Most of us try to take the day off from work,” Hiba said. “This is supposed to be a day where you are celebrating.”

However, Hiba said this month-long observance is about more than just denying oneself food between sunrise and sunset.

“The point of fasting isn’t to starve yourself,” Hiba said. “It’s to quell your carnal desires and try to refuel your soul and to help you develop better habits.”

The holiday is not just centered on abstaining from food, Hiba said. It also is about abstaining from sin, ill actions, smoking — anything that is harmful to a person. She added the observance also brings her closer to God.

This Clinton resident is not new to sharing her religion with others either. A senior at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Hiba is an active member of the campus Muslim Student Association, affiliated with MSA National.

The association works to develop brother and sisterhood among its members and spread awareness through the college campus. This open-dialogue group meets every week to offer support to all students, not only Muslims.

“We like to stay active in spontaneous ways,” Hiba said.

The MSA workes to educate through fun, non-religious activities. This includes operating a booth at homecoming and hosting movies and dinners. Hiba enjoys all of the association’s efforts.

“I love spreading positive knowledge about Islam to the school. I love informing people and getting people to understand a bit more about Islam and sort of, its impacts in the world; its history,” Hiba said.

The teen was recently awarded the M. Naziruddin Ali Award for Excellence from the MSA National Scholarship committee. The distinction is given to a student exemplifying academic excellence and a commitment to the development of her local community. The award includes a $2,000 prize to help pay for her tuition.

Hiba is studying business administration management and minoring in accounting with the hope to work as a business consultant for a large firm where she can make the biggest impact. She is interning this summer as an accountant at John Deere.

Being involved in the Muslim community at Augustana has helped Hiba recognize the true beauty of her religion. While primarily involved with the Muslim community in the Quad Cities, she tries to be active in the Clinton community by attending prayer and other events.

 

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 4.44.15 PM.png Paint, doodle and sketch: 3 apps for art lovers

    In the absence of a palette of watercolors and a sketchpad, these three apps can fill in as your art supplies of choice.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014

  • Way of the Cross photo The Way of the Cross By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer The Way of the Cross

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Hood A year after 'chaos'

    It happened two hours after John Hood finished his run. Like many, he thought the loud boom was just the sound of cannons going off, something that shook the ground. It was odd, but Hood — a 1989 Clinton High School graduate — tried to make it logical, associating the noise with another good happening at the Boston Marathon.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • AGENDA: 4-22-14 Clinton City Council

    The Clinton City Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. followed by a committee of the whole.

    April 18, 2014

  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

    April 18, 2014

  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

    April 18, 2014

AP Video