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Ramadan

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by NovaKart, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. NovaKart

    NovaKart شێری گەورە

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    A lot of them still do it. I think it's probably a personal thing, like if you feel that you're able to do it you should. Some young children do a partial fast.
     
  2. Mathilda

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    That sounds simple, but stops being so when the standard is that I still have pay them the same as if they were working.
    I don't have to pay them if their absence is not due to an illness. So I'm foreseeing some fun decisions ahead.
    Is feeling faint and sick an illness or a symptom of something?
    If it's a symptom of not drinking, then does approving sick leave mean that I'm implying that their religion is an illness that is causing these symptoms?

    When's ramadan next year?
    I think I'm going to encourage all the muslims at work to time their vacation accordingly.
     
  3. RedRalph

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    Is it forbidden to play slap-funk basslines during Ramadan?
     
  4. Camikaze

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    I was in Istanbul for part of Ramadan last year and it seemed a fantastically social concept! Heaps of people came out to sit in the park and have a picnic at sunset. I'd be curious to know, is this the product of coincidence, with everyone having the same awesome idea at the same time, or is the sunset picnic/socialising quite an integral part of the whole thing?
     
  5. NovaKart

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    Ah the Northern European work ethic. Ramadan next year starts on July 20th so the calendar is going backwards, not forwards like I thought it was.

    Outdoor socializing is a big part of Turkish culture any time of year but during Ramadan there's more of a festive atmosphere and it's even bigger.
     
  6. Leifmk

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    Yeah, it's based on a lunar calendar which has a year slightly shorter than the solar year of the common Gregorian calendar.

    I remember a few years ago when we got married, our wedding fell on the day after Ramadan ended. Only one Muslim among the guests but it was good luck for him anyway.
     
  7. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    Sounds like a more fun version of Lent
     
  8. bestrfcplayer

    bestrfcplayer Steppin' up!

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    What does Ramadan celebrate (I'm a Roman Catholic)?
     
  9. NedimNapoleon

    NedimNapoleon Weird Little Human

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    It reminds us to be kinder to the poor and give charity not only during Ramadan, but throughout the year.
     
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    Wouldn't it be better if Ramadan told the faithful not to eat or drink as well as during the night?

    24 hours a day during a full month not eating or drinking could solve a lot of problems.
     
  11. Whiskey_Lord

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    You'd only end up starving the good Muslims. Remember that hypocrisy tends to float to the top when it comes to religion.
     
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    Yeah, I suppose you're right.

    Non-believing priests preaching against hypocrisy, what has the world turned into...
     
  13. Whiskey_Lord

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    Who's a priest? :confused:
     
  14. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    Although I'm not Muslim, I tried fasting today. Wanted to see if I could learn the whole discipline, self-control and resist temptation thing. I thought making through Ramadan would be a fascinating spiritual experience as well as a good way of improving myself and some of my laziness flaws (stemming from lack of control)

    I did pretty well, No food or drink from 7 am to 7pm, just buried myself in my work to distract myself from the hunger pains. Surprisingly though, I didn't drink water despite allowing myself that one exception.
    I'm going to see how long I can last. How was your first day fasting?
     
  15. NedimNapoleon

    NedimNapoleon Weird Little Human

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    I didn't fast lol.
     
  16. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    God will smite you!

    :bowdown::bowdown::bowdown::cry::bowdown::bowdown::whipped:
     
  17. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    You're not allowed to drink water? :wow:
     
  18. NovaKart

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    I didn't fast either. Surprisingly the larger restaurants are open and when I had lunch there were quite a few people there, all Turks. I guess a lot of people aren't fasting. The liquor stores are closed , this is a first for me because last year when I was in another city there were not closed.
     
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    Yep. Not a drop. It shows you the determination of Muslims don't it?

    Well, it's Turkey. Secularisation is all rage these few decades.
     
  20. NovaKart

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    This part of Turkey is actually very religious and most people are fasting but apparently a lot are not fasting too.
     

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