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Ramadan Promises a Not-So-Easy Fast

For Muslims, a summer month is a longer month

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Muslims praying.(eyelash/Flickr)

The Gregorian Calendar’s date for Yom Kippur varies every year, but because it always lasts for a 25-hour period (sundown to sundown, give or take), the fast always lasts the same amount of time. Not so for Muslims and their holiday of fasting, the holy month of Ramadan. Because the fast takes place solely during daylight hours (albeit for every day of a full month), the period of time during which an observant Muslim must go without food or drink can change depending on when in the year Ramadan falls. And because Ramadan can fall at any time of the solar year—depending on the moon, it falls back roughly 11 days each year—that means that some Ramadans are more difficult than other Ramadans.

A case in point in this year. Ramadan begins today and lasts through the 29th, and while the days won’t be as long as they will be, say, next year, or the year after that, we are definitely talking about going well over 12 hours without sustenance—for 30 straight days!

In an ecumenical spirit, here is some Yom Kippur fasting advice that our Muslim friends may find helpful (caffeine suppositories optional).

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On the other hand, Muslims living in the Southern Hemisphere are probably quite satisfied with this year’s calendar…

Peace Advocate says:

“Muslim friends”?

American Muslims who follow Shari’ah follow the Quranic injunction that the Muslim “Take not the Jew or Christian as ‘Awliyya’ [friend].”

I have to LOL at liberal Jews who talk about their “Muslim friends”, while at the same time, their “friends” in the American Muslim community spend their day at the mosque learning how to commit genocide per Shari’ah guidelines, how to establish the KKKaliphate and how to honor-kill their daughters.

Garry says:

Don’t worry. To the Muslims, the Yom kippur War is called the War of Ramadan. Despite their fasting, they had enough strengh to attack and kill Jews.

Christopher Orev says:

Really, Peace Advocate?

Certainly, there are fundamentalist American Muslims who I will never call my friends. Yet there are also progressive American Muslims who, sadly, I gather, you would refuse to find common ground with simply because they are Muslim.

I have only a few American Muslim friends, but each of them is vocal in their opposition to Sharia Law and other fundamentalist streams in Islam (or, for that matter, in Judaism and Christianity). As long as bigots continue to fail to distinguish between Muslims, so too will other bigots fail to distinguish between Jews.

dusan says:

Orev, a Muslim who is against sharia in the eyes of other Muslim ceases to be a Muslim and as apostate is up for getting his head on a plate. There is no comparison between Christians, Jews and Muslims, the latter ones having in their religious litterature injunction not to befriend non-Muslims and murdering both Christians and Jews who don’t submit to Islam.

Christopher Orev says:

I appreciate your point, Dusan, but whatever the fundamentalist Muslims label my progressive Muslim friends, my friends ARE Muslim. They pray daily, they fast for Ramadan, and they proudly identify as Muslims.

Likewise, as a Conservative Jew who prays daily and takes his Jewish identity (as a proud ger) very seriously, I’m well aware that my choice of formal affiliation (i.e., Conservative) makes me something of an apostate in the eyes of many of my fellow Jews. I’ve been called a “goy dog” and other charming names by some in our community; I can’t do much about that, just as my Muslim friends can’t do much about their relative apostasy.

I am an earnestly engaged Jew, and they are earnestly engaged Muslims…even if they reject the injunction you and Peace Advocate mention. In any case, anyone who reads Talmud or considers the mitzvot knows that there are some injunctions in our own sacred texts that are, by today’s standards, a bit difficult to swallow. Most Jews have, through midrash and the mxing of halacha with haskalah, come to understand those injunctions as metaphors….thank G-d!


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