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Ramadan Mubarak to All my Muslim Fellows!


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Hi,
Its the first of Ramadan in most of the Muslim countries today so as a Muslim i wanted to say Happy Ramadan to everyone. Its a month of full of blessings. Be tough because as i live in Pakistan so its a long hot day so take care of your self as much as you can. Jazak ALLAH.

and i wanted to share one thing. Don’t eat too much during the opening and closing of your fast because you will increase your weight haha. I know its funny but its the thing usually all of us do so try to eat less.

Wish you and your loved one’s a happy Ramadan.

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Happy Ramadan to you too! I’m not Muslim but I too am observing Ramadan this year with a friend. My only problem is that I didn’t find out until yesterday that I wouldn’t be able to drink water. To make things worse, I didn’t realize how horrendously early the sun rises.

At least I’ll be better prepared tomorrow.

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My friend is a 19-year-old Somali immigrant who doesn’t really speak much English and works 12 hours a day for about $35 as a dishwasher in a local Chinese restaurant. I met him last year and was really impressed by his commitment to observing the fast even though he doesn’t have the support of a wider Muslim community and was having life made very difficult for him during this period.

The above being the case, I’m trying to show solidarity with him and understand a little of what he will be going through this month. I just feel guilty that while he will be working every day in a very manually intensive job, all I have to worry about is sitting in front of the computer dreaming of coffee.

I will be meeting him later this evening for Iftar at his place which I am already looking forward to. Personally, I think my biggest challenge this month is going to be the mornings as I can’t really rise earlier than 6-7am and so I think I am probably going to miss the opportunity to eat and drink in the morning like I have today. I’m determined not to cheat, though, so if I miss it, I miss it.

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I know it is very difficult for him. Here the Builders works whole day for 8 hours and in return they just get 5-7$ a day and they fast too in 47 degrees of heat but this month only come once in a year and people wait for it so they try to do as much good things as they can do. ALLAH will reward them for sure. I really appreciate and feel glad that you want to show solidarity with him and i know he will be very happy by your little act. It is difficult but i really really appreciate your commitment that you won’t cheat with him and you will fast with him. In UK i think they close their fast at 2:30 am and open it at 9 pm and i know my relatives don’t sleep in the night there. They sleep after closing their fast.

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Well, I actually live in Malta. I’m from the UK and set my account up there (hence why it says that in my profile). In fact, being here is part of why I’m doing this as in Malta the immigrant population gets a very rough deal.

Also, my friend Zayne does have a lot of local Muslim friends who are all immigrants of different ages from different places (mainly North Africa). However, a lot of these people aren’t really a good influence as they either work and get exploited like him or they simply live off hand outs and spend afternoons drinking by the sea front.

In this respect, I’m more really doing this to show respect for my friend as I know it must be very difficult for him to maintain his commitment. Also, I have a feeling that this month is particularly important to him as it’s connecting him in a way back to his family and life in Somalia.

All that said, a positive for me is that I look set to get a lot more work done than usual this month. After all, I can’t waste time by going for a beer and something to eat in the evening or even so much as stopping off for a coffee when I take the dog out in the morning.

In fact, I’m really going to have to stop thinking about coffee already. It’s starting to drive me a bit up the wall.

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Well, I’m determined to see it through. However, years ago I was forced to leave a Buddhist retreat in Thailand due to the fact that I had a spectacularly hard time keeping my vow of silence. In fact, I could tell that everyone else there (including the monks) hated me as I simply couldn’t shut up.

I think I lasted something like three full days (maybe just 2 in reality) without talking at my longest stretch. However, then I completely screwed up and woke a guy up in the middle of the night to ask if I could borrow some Deet (mosquito repellant). I then left the next morning feeling like the worst person in the world. At least I tried, though. 🙂

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