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I wanted to share with everyone that a special month is about to start!

It is the month of Ramadan!

What is it? - This is the month where Muslims are required to fast from the moment there is a sliver of light in the am (Dawn) until the time the sun is gone from the horizon (i.e. Dusk)!

What is Fasting? - It is abstaining from food , drink, relations with ones wife, and anything else considered obscene in terms of words or actions.

Why do they do it? - Because it is a pillar of Islam that must be completed by all mature (of age & mentally aware) and healthy (i.e. no medical excuse not to) men and women.

Are there any benefits? - Besides the medical benefits of abstaining from food and drink, it helps people understand what many others are experiencing on a daily basis in terms of hunger and thirst.. It puts people in the shoes of others and you are encouraged to give charity during the month and after.  It brings many family's together for food and drink, and it challenges the people to really be aware of their actions all the time. (i.e. if you do not abstain from bad mouthing people for example, then all you get out of it is being hungry and thirsty)

There is one extremely special night called the "night of power" and in it the Quran was first reveled, and the reward of worship during this night is multiplied by 1,000 months (i.e. 83.3 years)

After the month is over there are 3 days of festivities where the kids are given money or gifts & parties are held because of all the efforts put in the month!

The first of this month is this upcoming Saturday or Sunday & will continue for 29/30 days depending on the new moon sightings.  I will not be able to really play much during this month (if at all), but I think I might just continue working on my swing if I find some free time.

Thanks Everyone!

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Thanks for posting @Abu3baid .  I find it interesting how it moves around the calendar year.  What indicates the start date and can it be in every calendar month at some point?

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Thanks for posting @Abu3baid .  I find it interesting how it moves around the calendar year.  What indicates the start date and can it be in every calendar month at some point?

Yes, that is true.. It is good and bad depending on what time of year it is... Obviously since it is moving the time that the sun comes up and the sun comes down is also moving as well..

For example, 5 years ago it was probably in September which means that we were breaking our fast at around 5 pm or so.. This year since it is going to be in July we will be breaking our fast around 7 or so for a while..  In Mass I remember loving having it in the winter months.. now they have to go through it in the summer time..

On a side note.. The people that have it the toughest are the ones living in areas where it is not really dark at all except between 4 & 5 hours every 24.. I don't envy them :)  .. then again I'm sure they get rewarded a lot for all the patience they must endure to go through it that long every day!

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Thanks for posting @Abu3baid .  I find it interesting how it moves around the calendar year.  What indicates the start date and can it be in every calendar month at some point?

It's a lunar calendar and they don't make any adjustment to it, so doesn't sync up with the solar year, unlike the Jewish or Chinese lunar calendars.

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The month of a Ramadan is officially over and I am back on the wagon starting in the morning! We have a full week of national holiday as well! I will miss the 10 - 4 work schedule, but I will miss Ramadan more, what a great month it was! I will record my swing to start with evolvr again, and I purchased yarn and a needle to test my direction control and speed on the green! Alhamdulillah

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Marhaba Abu3baid!

Things are returning to normal here in the Eastern province as well.  Our construction contractor had some ambitious plans for Ramadan, but quickly came to the realization that getting anything done with the fatigue, the 6 hour work day and oppressive heat was unrealistic.

All of the restaraunts are open again, so the choices for lunch are available again.  Some of the things i'll miss are the absence of traffic on the roads, the 10 minute wait to get across the causeway into Bahrain (as opposed to 2-3 hours), and the general relaxed nature of the work place in the afternoons.

Masalama habibi!

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Marhaba Abu3baid! Things are returning to normal here in the Eastern province as well.  Our construction contractor had some ambitious plans for Ramadan, but quickly came to the realization that getting anything done with the fatigue, the 6 hour work day and oppressive heat was unrealistic. All of the restaraunts are open again, so the choices for lunch are available again.  Some of the things i'll miss are the absence of traffic on the roads, the 10 minute wait to get across the causeway into Bahrain (as opposed to 2-3 hours), and the general relaxed nature of the work place in the afternoons. Masalama habibi!

Thank you my friend! Yeah, this is one of the things I don't really like, which is the lack of production during the holy month! I can excuse it in terms of building, but when someone is working in an office? Just baffles me really! I'm getting used to it though. I am going back to the states in less than a month, so unfortunately I want be able to come down to Dammam at all until after, we are opening up a sterile mfg plant wrist should e operational soon, and I will have to come down to sort out the details for our product costing! They deal with huge margins I know, but in the bidding industry it is competitive! I heard they are making the crossing into Bahrain to require a pre approves visa, is this true or just everyone except Americans? I have yet tot go, but i don't want them to give me a hard time! Masalama,. Your learning Arabic too!

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Of course, I have a few good friends who are Muslim. We just don't talk about our differences, and we're good. ;-) Fast well!

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Of course, I have a few good friends who are Muslim. We just don't talk about our differences, and we're good. ;-) Fast well!

Thanks.. Our fast is over, but I appreciate your gesture! It was a very good month, and can't wait till next year! Cheers!

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