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Each year, Muslims spend the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observing a community-wide fast. Muslims who are physically able are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. The evenings are spent with family and community meals, engaging in prayer and spiritual reflection, and reading from the Qu'ran.

 

Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

 

Ramadan also was a pagan month in Arabia. In pre-Islamic times, Ramadan became a pagan Arabian ritual and was practiced by the pagan Arabians with the same features as the Islamic Ramadan.

 

Fasting was an important practice for the Arabians, It was practiced by the tribes of Medina Oas and Khazraj,before Mohammed came to them. 

 

In the pre-Islamic Jahiliyah they fasted that month in the same way Muslims fasted, as originally directed by Mohammed. Pagan Arabian abstain from food , water, and sexual contact the same as practiced by Islam.

 

 Mohammed  Kept these this rituals of fasting Ramadan as an Islamic pillar, see the Five Pillars of Islam .

 

Mohammed added his rituals to that pagan month to fit the religious rituals and customs of Oas and Khazraj, the two tribes from al-Medina.

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Comment by James M. Martin on August 20, 2011 at 4:52pm

@Adriana: Have only read The God Delusion so far.  Right now, reading a wonderful self-help book telling how you can defeat every argument of a believer: Victor Stenger's God: The Failed Hypothesis.  Although most of his points deal with scientific disproof of the possibility of god, he does include a chapter on my favorite argument, the argument from evil.

Comment by Adriana on August 20, 2011 at 11:01am

James, glad your oncologist is doing his/her job well. Which Dawkins book are you reading?

Comment by James M. Martin on August 20, 2011 at 10:27am

I'm in agreement again, Adriana.  But as I grow older I try to keep my cooking simpler.  In fact, I used a Moroccan chicken grilling recipe the other day that was simplicity personified: marinate cut up chicken in olive oil, garlic (lots), lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  But I cook the big international gourmet favorites, too, like curries (chicken korma and lamb in coconut are favorites), tagines, and beef bourguignon.  And, hey, Thanksgiving is my own personal fave.  I have much to be thankful for: I thank my oncologist for keeping me alive, and I thank my clients to pick up the co-pays, my groceries, and a new Dawkins book, and I thank my internet friends for their constant companionship.  I am just not so dumb as to pray in giving my thanks.

Comment by Adriana on August 20, 2011 at 10:09am

@Secret: in the Western world, cooking is no longer woman's work, plus, the best chefs are men (and that is sexist, of course); so secret, get out there and learn to cook :-))) Or ask your mom for the recipes :-)) I love curries, I love pakoras, samosas. Fruit chat is delicious! I have never been invited to the Iftar feast but I would love too! All the good food! I like religious traditions if they can be stripped to simply cultural traditions. I don't mind Christmas or Passover if it's all about being with family and friends, cooking and eating together, sharing some good wine (I know there is no alcohol drinking in Islam) and conversations.

Comment by James M. Martin on August 19, 2011 at 6:12pm

You know, the silliest thing about that religion is that people go to Saudi Arabia every year just to walk counter-clockwise around a big black stone.  If every one of them spent all that time helping each other and taking responsibility for their lives, not sitting on their camels and claiming all is written, Allah wills it, and other submissive butt-exposed postures.  There is no god but Man.

Comment by Bay_Naam on August 19, 2011 at 6:08pm

@Adriana: I have control on myself while eating. So, surely I will not gain weight.

Yes Charity part is good but why only for one month. Why not give charity to ppl who deserve for other 11 months.

I have never made a recipe in my life I it women's job. Although I am already thinking about making few curry recipes, Thanks to you ppl. In Iftar there are Samosas, Pakoras, Chicken curry and vegetable curry and bean curry etc ( Don't know English names of vegetables/bean)

I like all vegetables and Fruit Chat (small piece of apples, peaches, bananas with spice and yougurt mixed).

@Hope, I think Samosas are like Kushari, but not same ingredients.

Very sad that your husband forced you to fast, So you keep your intact up till Iftar? are some kind you secret drinking, eating? Hmmmmm............. 

Comment by Hope on August 19, 2011 at 1:20pm

Kushari is good

Spinach Pastry,

the inside ingredients.

package frozen spinach.

add to some sumac , salt and pepper and onions.

 

The dough ingredients:

>1 1/2 cup of water.
>2 1/2 teaspoons yeast.
>3 1/2 cups of flour.
>2 teaspoons salt.
>1 teaspoon sugar.
>1/2 cup of olive oil.

let it stay for one hour.

Comment by Adriana on August 19, 2011 at 1:09pm

Oooo, I love baklava!! It's one of my favorite desserts!!!

Comment by Hope on August 19, 2011 at 1:04pm

who knows maybe zakat is taken from Banu Qurayza, Banu Qurayza ,Banu Nadir and Banu Qaynuqa.

Well, my husband forced me to fast :) .. so, I'm fasting without praying.. he knows that lol :)

 

My aunt gaind weight 7 kilos!

anyway,

about me,, I become like a chef this month... I made "Turkish Sweets" like Baklava

Comment by Adriana on August 19, 2011 at 9:17am

@Secret: some of my Muslim colleagues have told me that they end up gaining weight during Ramadan because they overeat at night. Make sure you don't do that :-))

 

At least the charity part is a good tradition. the word "zakat" is very similar to "tzedakah" which is in Hebrew. This is the reason I understood what you were referring to.

 

Please share your recipes and what good foods you eat (especially vegetables and fruits) for Iftar.

 

And since you live in SA and it is HOT there, it is already good practice for when you burn in hell, LOLZ!!

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