Tips for RAMADAN

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    Jul 08, 2012 8:34 AM GMT
    Hey everyone

    I realize there mustn't be a lot of muslims on RealJock so let me explain. Ramadan is a month ( in the lunar calendar) during which all muslims are supposed to fast from sunrise to sunset to experience poverty and hunger ,but also abstain from any sexual thought or activity to focus more of your energy on ... I don't know soulsearching and finding peace within yourself.

    I personally think it can be a pretty interesting spiritual experience. But the problem with it is : Usually, when families break the fast, they eat HUGE quantities of high sugar and high fat foods thinking that's what the body needs to regenerate itself and make it through the next day. So basically, you just spend the whole evening sprawled out on the sofa eating everything you can get your hand on.

    So I'd like to know what foods would you eat after a day of fasting and how often would you eat for you not to feel completely stuffed. Keep it simple please , I'm not a very good cook ^^

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    Jul 08, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    the imam woke me up this morning, it was annoying...also kind of beautiful, and creepy
  • creature

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    Jul 08, 2012 11:54 AM GMT
    I don't have any tips about what to eat. My mom breaks her fast when it's time to eat with a couple of dates and a samosa or two. Then later on she'll have dinner—nothing big, just a normal serving.

    She will wake up earlier than usual in the morning and have a full course meal so she won't get hungry during the day.
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    Jul 08, 2012 12:02 PM GMT
    Yeah I remember those days.........

    For me the hardest part was getting up early in the mornings and having to eat. I'm not a big fan of eating early in the day and even eating a bowl of cereal used to kill me and THEN I had to go back to sleep with a shit load of food in my stomach.........

    Just eat how you normally would. So have your breakfast when you get up to open your fast and then when you break it have the equivalent of lunch/dinner.

    I think not being able to drink anything (especially in Summer) is the hardest part of Ramadan.
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    Jul 08, 2012 1:54 PM GMT
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    I think not being able to drink anything (especially in Summer) is the hardest part of Ramadan. [/quote]

    Yup that's what most people say
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    Jul 08, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    I'm curious(and ignorant)- are you allowed water during the day?

    I would think that on breaking a fast you would want a small amount of high glycemic index carbs, say some fruit, at first to help get your blood sugar back up. After that has digested a bit then some low glycemic carbs and lean proteins.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    You know, I was going to suggest to you (and maybe other muslim members like "Creature") to take some time and educate some of the rest of us about the basics of your religion. Many here are uninformed (or just ignorant) of
    what being a Muslim actually means. What many Ameriicans hear and "reinforcement" is.. violence. I'd like to hear about your perceptions, how you live your daily life as a Muslim and be open to questions.

    Consider a series, seriously! I think we would all benefit.

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    I will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif
  • bad_wolf

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    No water either
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    Jul 08, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif


    No lol you won't get any shit for it because your a tourist. icon_biggrin.gif

    There may be less places open that serve food and drink but in a place like Istanbul I doubt that will be an issue.
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    Jul 08, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYou know, I was going to suggest to you (and maybe other muslim members like "Creature") to take some time and educate some of the rest of us about the basics of your religion. Many here are uninformed (or just ignorant) of
    what being a Muslim actually means. What many Ameriicans hear and "reinforcement" is.. violence. I'd like to hear about your perceptions, how you live your daily life as a Muslim and be open to questions.

    Consider a series, seriously! I think we would all benefit.

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif


    I grew up in Turkey and my experience was that a large number of Turks if not the majority do not fast during Ramadan and there was certainly never any judgement or hostility to those who didn't observe itIt is no way like middle eastern countries where it is difficult to even find a place that is open and serving food during Ramadan. Since Istanbul is a major tourist and business center I would be really surprised if anyone was concerned that you were eating in any way.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 08, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif


    I grew up in Turkey and my experience was that a large number of Turks if not the majority do not fast during Ramadan and there was certainly never any judgement or hostility to those who didn't observe itIt is no way like middle eastern countries where it is difficult to even find a place that is open and serving food during Ramadan. Since Istanbul is a major tourist and business center I would be really surprised if anyone was concerned that you were eating in any way.




    Good to know. I'll eat, but refrain from ordering "The Infidel Pizza" icon_wink.gif
  • creature

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    Jul 08, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidI will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif


    Turkey is different than many of the other Muslim nations. They have a lax dress code and are not as strict compared to places like Iran or Saudi Arabia.

    And think about it...

    How else would you be able to get a sandwich without the sidewalk cafe being open? Don't you think it would have closed temporarily, like the way Chick-fil-a closes on Sunday for religious reasons?

    Please do some research before your trip.
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    Jul 08, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    creature said
    HndsmKansan saidYou know, I was going to suggest to you (and maybe other muslim members like "Creature") to take some time and educate some of the rest of us about the basics of your religion. Many here are uninformed (or just ignorant) of
    what being a Muslim actually means. What many Ameriicans hear and "reinforcement" is.. violence. I'd like to hear about your perceptions, how you live your daily life as a Muslim and be open to questions.

    Consider a series, seriously! I think we would all benefit.

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    Well regardless, I think it would be informative for sure.
  • creature

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    Jul 08, 2012 3:24 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    creature said
    HndsmKansan saidYou know, I was going to suggest to you (and maybe other muslim members like "Creature") to take some time and educate some of the rest of us about the basics of your religion. Many here are uninformed (or just ignorant) of
    what being a Muslim actually means. What many Ameriicans hear and "reinforcement" is.. violence. I'd like to hear about your perceptions, how you live your daily life as a Muslim and be open to questions.

    Consider a series, seriously! I think we would all benefit.

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    I'm actually an Atheist icon_biggrin.gif


    Well regardless, I think it would be informative for sure.


    I agree.

    I just wish people didn't troll threads threads regarding Islam, post something inflammatory, and get away with it. It gives the impression that RealJock finds this acceptable.
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    Jul 08, 2012 3:26 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    The_Gingerhead_Man said
    CuriousJockAZ saidI will be in Istanbul in late August. Will they get mad at us if we stop in at a sidewalk cafe for a sandwich for lunch? icon_eek.gif


    I grew up in Turkey and my experience was that a large number of Turks if not the majority do not fast during Ramadan and there was certainly never any judgement or hostility to those who didn't observe itIt is no way like middle eastern countries where it is difficult to even find a place that is open and serving food during Ramadan. Since Istanbul is a major tourist and business center I would be really surprised if anyone was concerned that you were eating in any way.




    Good to know. I'll eat, but refrain from ordering "The Infidel Pizza" icon_wink.gif


    Greece and Turkey have a lot of foods in common or that are similar. So you are more likely to find your self stepping in a steaming pile of poo if you do something like call a doner kebab a gyro. That they will get testy about.
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    Jul 08, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    creature said
    I just wish people didn't troll threads threads regarding Islam, post something inflammatory, and get away with it. It gives the impression that RealJock finds this acceptable.


    Yeah, it seems like most peoples animosity towards Islam is only eclipsed by their ignorance of it.
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    Jul 08, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    The_Gingerhead_Man said
    creature said
    I just wish people didn't troll threads threads regarding Islam, post something inflammatory, and get away with it. It gives the impression that RealJock finds this acceptable.


    Yeah, it seems like most peoples animosity towards Islam is only eclipsed by their ignorance of it.


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    Jul 08, 2012 6:11 PM GMT
    I'd guess you should have low glycemic foods such as proteins to give you energy throughout the day.

    That said, I would have thought that there are traditional foods that were adopted because they do the job well?
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    Jul 08, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYou know, I was going to suggest to you (and maybe other muslim members like "Creature") to take some time and educate some of the rest of us about the basics of your religion. Many here are uninformed (or just ignorant) of
    what being a Muslim actually means. What many Ameriicans hear and "reinforcement" is.. violence. I'd like to hear about your perceptions, how you live your daily life as a Muslim and be open to questions.

    Consider a series, seriously! I think we would all benefit.

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    You know, as much as I love to talk to people who see past the stereotypes and want to learn stuff about Islam, I don't think I'm the right person to introduce to this religion as I myself am still confused as to the basics of it.

    What I can tell you is that the purpose of Islam is indicated in the word. Islam comes from the word Salam , which means peace in Arabic. Islam actually means to make peace.

    So the way I see it , anything that isn't coherent with this purpose isn't part of Islam.

    What's really amazing about Islam is that it really helps you find peace of mind and build a spiritual connection with God : praying five times a day, fasting... all of these things make you get a different outlook on life.

    But on the other hand, as in all monetheistic religions, God is as punitive as he is gracious. For instance, homosexuality is forbidden. But then, the way things are presented in the quran is so one dimensional and caricatural that it's hard to believe it's God's word. You know the story , Sodom and Gomorrah etc... as if homosexuality was the result of depravation and promiscuity.

    So my guess is , since the Quran doesn't benefit from direct divine protection, it's been used as an instrument to exploit people's faiths. Governments and independent groups have used people's complete devotion to God to make them follow their own agenda, the same way ex gays are exploited by the fundamentalist Catholics or ... this is gonna get me in trouble but this is my humble opinion , Jews are being exploited by Zionists.







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    Jul 10, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    Any more tips ? ^^
  • O5vx

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    Jul 23, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    Ramadan Kareem to those that actually do fast. I generally like to eat different things everyday for braking my fast. Back in Nigeria, we most usually just brake with the local meals, but moving here has allowed me to be more creative with what I use to brake my fast. I mostly drink lot of water and by the time I am done, I am pretty much almost full. I had rice, egg, some kind of meat, and juice yesterday.