Ramadan

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    Jul 30, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    Dear RJ members,

    As some of you may know, this monday (august 1), will be the first day of the Ramadan. The traditional month of fasting for muslims. A person who fasts may not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Though this month of purity is not just about food abstinence. It is about performing self control and gaining better control over your impulses.
    Sex is also forbidden, smoking kissing etc. all forbidden (from sunrise to sunset).
    I was wondering how many of you guys will be fasting? I will and I think this year will be extra hard, considering it is in august full on summer. Long hot days. To everyone who will fast Ramadan Mubarak! Good luck may your prayers be answered!
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    Jul 31, 2011 4:53 AM GMT


    Best of luck for you, Lux_. This brings back nice memories. Near our last house there was a store owned and run by a Muslim family. They were the nicest people, and when Ramadan came I used to go up with the odd item after dusk. That first year, they honoured Bill and I reciprocally with a Christmas gift and we were completely blown away. It also inferred acceptance of us as us as it was addressed to...us!


    Here's to a Happy Eid! My calendar says it's Aug 31st this year in North America.

    -Doug
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:23 AM GMT
    Good luck you guys!!!
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    Jul 31, 2011 7:27 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    That first year, they honoured Bill and I reciprocally with a Christmas gift and we were completely blown away. It also inferred acceptance of us as us as it was addressed to...us!


    Not all Muslims are so anti-gay... within my family, I have felt some of the strongest sense of unconditional acceptance from... muslim relatives... and my muslim classmates are some of the nicest to the gay classmates.... In fact, in the past in Europe, gays were known to flee Christianity and went into Muslim countries to flee persecution and to be tolerated...

    The modern fundamentalist outgrowth in Islamic countries is really ridiculous... so many elder people remember the past when they did not have to separate the sexes at weddings, nor did the women have to veil themselves
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    Jul 31, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
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    meninlove said
    That first year, they honoured Bill and I reciprocally with a Christmas gift and we were completely blown away. It also inferred acceptance of us as us as it was addressed to...us!


    Not all Muslims are so anti-gay... within my family, I have felt some of the strongest sense of unconditional acceptance from... muslim relatives... and my muslim classmates are some of the nicest to the gay classmates.... In fact, in the past in Europe, gays were known to flee Christianity and went into Muslim countries to flee persecution and to be tolerated...

    The modern fundamentalist outgrowth in Islamic countries is really ridiculous... so many elder people remember the past when they did not have to separate the sexes at weddings, nor did the women have to veil themselves


    I agree. In our case we were blown away that they honoured our Christmas tradition; it was unexpected and delightful.
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    Jul 31, 2011 1:09 PM GMT
    I think my father will be fasting for the entire month. I used to do it as well but I don't bother anymore. It is quite a challenge and I hope you manage well icon_smile.gif

    The summer days in North America are so long =[
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    Jul 31, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    Good luck! About 60% of my friends are all Muslim so I'm used to Ramadan. icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 31, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    Thank you all!
    It is not set that Eid will be on august 31st. The western calendar is a solar calendar, yet the Arabic calendar is a lunar one, therefor it is 10 days shorter than the western solar one and thus the Ramadan comes 10 days earlier every year (I remember when I was little the Ramadan started in the winter). The first day of Ramadan is with a new moon and the last day is with a new moon.

    Eid is the Celebration of 28-30 days of fasting (days of fasting depends on the moon). All of the families who have fasted bake all kinds of sweetnesses. The children are given candy and pocket money. It is a truly warm holiday. Everyone gets together and celebrates. I hope all of you can experience Eid one day!

    -Tomorrow is the first day. I will be getting up at 3.30 am to eat a bit and drink a lot. Breaking the fasting will be at 9.55pm. So it will be a long day.
    Especially the first couple of days are hard for me, because I drink a lot of water because I work out a lot, so my body does not retain water. I get completely dehydrated the first days, until my body adjusts. Also can't train as much. I wish strength and endurance to everybody!
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    Aug 02, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    I wish you well, Lux_.

    My mom's side of the family is Muslim (her and her siblings), so I understand what you're going through. Enjoy your Ramadan.
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    Aug 02, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidThey're alright.

    Our family took a bit of a tour a few years back up the eastern coast and stayed in a few ramada inns, hotel 6s, and other cheapies. I liked ramada...clean. Nothing fancy, but the price is right.


    What?
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    Aug 06, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    Thanks guys once again icon_smile.gif
    Working out is really hard. I do it a couple hours before iftar (the breaking of fasting). Especially cardio is hard, because I get really thirsty and get a really dry mouth. Well just gotta suck it up haha.
    Good luck to everyone
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    Aug 07, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Lux_ saidThanks guys once again icon_smile.gif
    Working out is really hard. I do it a couple hours before iftar (the breaking of fasting). Especially cardio is hard, because I get really thirsty and get a really dry mouth. Well just gotta suck it up haha.
    Good luck to everyone



    You just be careful young man. Ramadan is about spirit, not necessarily endurance under duress, lol.

    -Doug
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    Aug 14, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    Ramadan Kareem! I am fasting too, I am breaking a record this year as we break fast at 9:45pm here. But honestly it's rather manageable, and I am more focused than ever to write my dissertation, I am not taking any long breaks to go grab a snack LOL. Am trying to read the whole Qoran too, I have this amazing app on my HTC which facilitates it big time.

    We've already done 14 days, it's insane!