Posts Tagged ‘Ramadan’
Happy end of Ramadan to all my friends who are Muslim, and Happy Rosh Hashanah to all my Jewish pals. I hope you have ALL had amazing holidays. I started Ramadan out in Egypt- on a foluca on the Nile River (above). At the time i could not fathom how any individual- moreless a whole society (& in reality, many societies around the world) all go through a month of fasting together. It would be great to try something like that in America- the whole of society participating in it. No matter, I truly commend you for what you have done. I know many of my friends look forward to Ramadan as a time of reflection & getting back to basics of what is important in life. In a way i have had to have my own mini version of that coming back to the US. It was a rocky return but in all i now feel focused, positive & ready for all the work & good deeds to come. Happy New Year & Eid Mubarek my pretties!
Posted on August 30th, 2009 by admin. Filed under Egypt.
I began the Ramadan season in Cairo Egypt with my friends, a sweet Egyptian Family. I am familiar with the concept of fasting- but was again reminded that the period of fasting that goes on during Ramadan is a bit different from what i am used to. First and most staggering to me is that people do not even drink water during Ramadan fasting. When they fast they actually refrain from putting *anything* in their body- food, and drink- including water- which to me is the most difficult to give up. Add to that, most Egyptians I met smoke- so not only do they give up food, drink and water cold turkey, they also give up smoking, which is quite something…. Another diffreence b/t Ramadan fasting & the fasting I’ve done is that once the sun goes down you can eat/drink/smoke. Based on conversations i had with friends there & media reports I read (see: comics since i do not read Arabic), it seems like an entire society slows down during this period- becoming a bit nocturnal and not very productive- in western terms. that said, many are productive in their faith, self exploration and doing good deeds for others; all things encouraged during this time.
I have gone without drink & food for 15 days before- i did this in the US & faced so much opposition for it from friends & passers by, so it was really something special to see an entire society fasting toegther- supporting one another- and even the government and businesses supporting this slowing down in order to reflect, think of others & appreciate. Most Muslims i spoke to about Ramadan said that the purpose of it is to really feel and remember what those less fortunate go through- they do not have things such as food, or drink or smoke- and many do not even have access to clean water (b/c you know I *kept* asking about that aspect of the fast). I actually think that our society could gain so much if we all stopped and started to apprecaite the very basic things that we do have- including water. Maybe then we would focus less about the luxuries we think we don’t have, but want?
- Some photos from Misrata… stories to follow.
- The Boat to Misrata (Libya): Men’s quarters vs. Women’s quarters
- Why I had to visit Misrata (Libya).
- Greetings from Benghazi, Libya
- Just another day in Cairo…