Welcome to Moorcock's Miscellany

Dear reader,

Many people have given their valuable time to create a website for the pleasure of posing questions to Michael Moorcock, meeting people from around the world, and mining the site for information. Please follow one of the links above to learn more about the site.

Thank you,
Reinart der Fuchs
See more
See less

Ramadan and diets?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts
  • Theocrat
    Eternal Companion
    • Dec 2003
    • 771

    Ramadan and diets?

    What is ramadan really.. I've been in countries that have it. But what is it really?
    Muslims have problems with ramadan and diets according to an article I read etc..
    Last edited by Theocrat; 09-22-2006, 05:31 PM.
  • Morgan Kane
    Lost in the multiverse
    • Jun 2006
    • 1428

    From a muslim site ( google translation from french corrected ( ? )):

    Ramadan “The Ramadan consists in fighting against your interior human desires. Sawn, the Arab word indicating the fast, means more than to abstain from food, drink, cigarettes or sexual relations between the rising and to lay down it sun; it is not either a question of external behavior. It is an engagement deprived between you and God. It is a fight against the inner man. It is also the moment to give a progress report on your personal weaknesses. If you break your fast secretly, there are only you and God who will know it. So it is primarily an annual test of your faith for one month whole”. Hanifa Deen, Moslem author. The Ramadan is one month particular of the year for more than one billion Muslims in the world. It is a time devoted to an inner reflexion, the devotion towards God, and the self-control. From sun rising to sun set each day during 30 days, the Muslims completely abstain from eating, of drinking, to smoke and to have sexual intercourse. They also abstain from saying evil of whoever, swearing, to breathe of the perfume and even to put themselves in anger or to look at anything of illegal. The name Ramadan comes from the Arab ramida, or rear-ramad word, which means an intense heat and a dryness, extreme, relating to particularly the ground. Some say that this name comes owing to the fact that the Ramadan burns the sins thanks to the good deeds, as the sun burns the ground. Whereas in ordinary time the Muslims are encouraged to observe a voluntary fast, during the Ramadan the fast becomes obligatory. The Ramadan is probably the Moslem religious rite most universally observed. The Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. One calculates the first day of the month according at the same time of physical observations of the moon and astronomical calculations. This first day is not the same one from one place to another because, at certain places, one bases oneself much on the observation of the moon, and, to others, one refers entirely to calculations. The Islamic calendar cash 11 to 12 days less than the Gregorian calendar, the month of the Ramadan traverses the cycle of the seasons. The whole cycle is traversed in approximately 35 years.

    One serves a meal (sahur) before the paddle, preferably the latest possible, and another after laying down it sun (iftar), with the rupture of the fast. The prayer takes place a few minutes after laying down it sun. As the Ramadan stresses the Community life, often the Moslems divide the iftar with the mosque nearest and invite friends, parents and neighbors with the iftar. The last 10 days of the Ramadan are regarded as highly blessed, and in particular the 27th night, the night of the destiny, Laylat Al-Qadr, night during which Coran was revealed in Mohammed. For much of pious Muslims, this period is marked by a very particular spiritual intensity, and they spend these nights to request and recite Coran. The three days after the month of Ramadan are feastdays, called Aïd-Al-Fitr - the festival of the end of the fast.
    I would add Ramadan is not made by youth, sick people and so on ..........

    Experience shows that Ramadan is compatible with difficulty with work in a modern society ..... Not drinking, not eating a whole day in summer is not helpful when you have a demanding job.

    In France, in some places, youngs muslims try to force the Ramadan on bar and cafés ...... at least prohibition of selling and consumption of alcool .....