Ramadan, anyone?

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    Jul 31, 2010 7:05 PM GMT
    Ramadan is around the corner and I was wondering if any RealJockers are participating?

    I personally look forward to it every year, however this year is gonna be a real challenge.
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    Aug 06, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    No one? Really?

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    Aug 08, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Hey Monir! While I don't participate, I've supported those that do. I became friends with a family that runs a video store and used to take them trays of snacks once the sun went down. Now we live quite far from each other, but I think of them and the happy times we shared. What completely floored me was that first year they gave me a Christmas present, which was wholly unexpected. It was a reciprocal demonstration of respect, celebrating our differences, and I love them for it.

    -Doug
  • DCEric

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    Aug 08, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    I guess Muslims are under represented on RJ.
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    Aug 08, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    DCEric saidI guess Muslims are under represented on RJ.


    You may find the majority of gay people are opposed to (or at least apathetic toward) Judeo-Christian-Muslim religion, given its traditional hostility to homosexuality.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:07 PM GMT
    Monir saidRamadan is around the corner and I was wondering if any RealJockers are participating?


    i have never before, but im willing to try this little game. how do i play?
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:10 PM GMT
    Mil8 said
    You may find the majority of gay people are opposed to (or at least apathetic toward) Jude-Christian-Muslim religion, given its traditional hostility to homosexuality.


    Only limited to vocal members of RJ I think. In the real world I don't know of any other non believers. Everyone I meet has some level of either personal belief.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    Mil8 said
    You may find the majority of gay people are opposed to (or at least apathetic toward) Jude-Christian-Muslim religion, given its traditional hostility to homosexuality.


    Only limited to vocal members of RJ I think. In the real world I don't know of any other non believers. Everyone I meet has some level of either personal belief.


    Quite possibly, though I find it hard to believe you know no one who is an atheist or agnostic. A lot of people will state their 'religion' for administrative purposes (eg on joining the armed forces), but many have little or no true belief.

    There are, of course, alternative faiths to Judeo-Christian-Muslim religion, many of which have never espoused anti-homosexuality.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
    Mil8 said
    Quite possibly, though I find it hard to believe you know no one who is an atheist or agnostic. A lot of people will state their 'religion' for administrative purposes (eg armed forces), but have little or no true belief.

    There are, of course, alternative faiths to Judeo-Christian-Muslim religion, many of which have never have espoused anti-homosexuality.


    When polls state that some vast percentage of our population believe in a higher power I think the results make sense.

    When stuck with the question and given a moment to think about it most people have some level of personal belief. Among gays, especially those who've lived to experience hatred from religion the lack of belief is probably more common. Add all those who've lived through experience together on a website and a casual observer might assume all gays are atheists.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    I just found out that the Mediterranean cruise I am going on in a week will be in Istanbul, Turkey during Ramadan. I have never been to a Muslim country before, so this should be an interesting experience. I'm looking forward to visiting Istanbul as I hear it's an amazing city.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI just found out that the Mediterranean cruise I am going on in a week will be in Istanbul, Turkey during Ramadan. I have never been to a Muslim country before, so this should be an interesting experience. I'm looking forward to visiting Istanbul as I hear it's an amazing city.


    I wouldn't fret. Turkey is a secular state. It's like the US, but with mosques instead of churches.
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    Aug 08, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    i am actually moving to a muslim country soon for work. While i´ ll respect what they believe and not eat and drink outside my apartment, i will not partake. Oooh me too i really want to go to turkey
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    Aug 08, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    Mil8 said
    You may find the majority of gay people are opposed to (or at least apathetic toward) Jude-Christian-Muslim religion, given its traditional hostility to homosexuality.


    Only limited to vocal members of RJ I think. In the real world I don't know of any other non believers. Everyone I meet has some level of either personal belief.


    Someone has led a very sheltered life.
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    Aug 08, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
    Mil8 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI just found out that the Mediterranean cruise I am going on in a week will be in Istanbul, Turkey during Ramadan. I have never been to a Muslim country before, so this should be an interesting experience. I'm looking forward to visiting Istanbul as I hear it's an amazing city.


    I wouldn't fret. Turkey is a secular state. It's like the US, but with mosques instead of churches.


    Um. Yes, if we are only talking about Istanbul and parts of Ankara.
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    Aug 08, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    I was raised Muslim, but I've always been nonobservant.
    However, Ramadan was a time when my entire family and extended family got together almost every evening. That is something that I cherish about this particular time of year, and something I undoubtedly miss since I'm not back in the Middle East.
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    Aug 08, 2010 6:06 PM GMT
    I'm glad I left that religion. My family isnt that religious but when it comes to Muslim holidays, they celebrate it as an excuse for a family get-together.
  • Thaer

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    Aug 08, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    Count me in, I’m always excited and about Ramadan, yesterday I prepared my ipod for the occasion but talking about challenge.. I’ll spend half of Ramadan here in Kuwait and the other half in Sweden, my family already travelled to Egypt and most my friends are scattered between Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. So right now I only have a few of my parents cousins here in Kuwait .so I think this year it will be interesting.

    The only frustrating thing is the prices of the Omra ,I’m trying to arrange a short Omra for the weakened but the prices are so high I hope I could arrange a good deal before I move to Sweden.

    Sorry I think I have to translate few words Omara( is a short visit to the holy land )
    Ramdan kareem ( رمضان كريم ) it’s the greeting of the holy month and it means that Ramadan is generous, and people will usually will respond back by saying Allah akram (that god is more generous)



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    Aug 08, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    meninlove said Hey Monir! While I don't participate, I've supported those that do. I became friends with a family that runs a video store and used to take them trays of snacks once the sun went down. Now we live quite far from each other, but I think of them and the happy times we shared. What completely floored me was that first year they gave me a Christmas present, which was wholly unexpected. It was a reciprocal demonstration of respect, celebrating our differences, and I love them for it.

    -Doug


    Wow, you guys are simply amazing! I once got a card from Mexico from a friend wishing me a good Ramadan, I was so taken by her gesture! These small gestures have the biggest impact on people. My parents always have our neighbours participate in breaking the fast with delicious food and delicacies. I'll try to invite people too this year so I won't be alone.
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    Hunter9 said
    Monir saidRamadan is around the corner and I was wondering if any RealJockers are participating?


    i have never before, but im willing to try this little game. how do i play?


    Lol, it's not a game. If you are serious about participating though, let me know and I'll explain the rules.
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI just found out that the Mediterranean cruise I am going on in a week will be in Istanbul, Turkey during Ramadan. I have never been to a Muslim country before, so this should be an interesting experience. I'm looking forward to visiting Istanbul as I hear it's an amazing city.


    I think you'll find enough people in Istanbul that don't participate. So that shouldn't be a problem.

    At the same time you'll benefit from the extra delicious foods ;)
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    KepaArg saidi am actually moving to a muslim country soon for work. While i´ ll respect what they believe and not eat and drink outside my apartment, i will not partake. Oooh me too i really want to go to turkey


    What country, if I may ask?
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:14 PM GMT
    cranberry2 saidI was raised Muslim, but I've always been nonobservant.
    However, Ramadan was a time when my entire family and extended family got together almost every evening. That is something that I cherish about this particular time of year, and something I undoubtedly miss since I'm not back in the Middle East.


    Maybe you can join them next year again icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    gypsyboy saidI'm glad I left that religion. My family isnt that religious but when it comes to Muslim holidays, they celebrate it as an excuse for a family get-together.


    They don't get together otherwise?
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    Aug 08, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    Monir said
    KepaArg saidi am actually moving to a muslim country soon for work. While i´ ll respect what they believe and not eat and drink outside my apartment, i will not partake. Oooh me too i really want to go to turkey


    What country, if I may ask?


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    Aug 08, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    I was raised Muslim as well, and while I believe in God and doing well entirely, I do not link myself to any particular religion because too many things I do not agree with.

    However, I think Ramadan is a very beautiful thing and I respect it completely. Coming from a Persian family, our dinners will be incredible with out of this world deserts. Yes!!! hahah.