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Posted: 10/20/2004 6:36:35 AM EST
they hired this new guy at work. He seems like kind of a hippie, but an OK guy none the less. He kinda looks like John Popper from Blues Traveler.

Anyways, I invite him to lunch with the rest of the team, and he says "no thanks, I'm fasting. Ask me in about 3 weeks." The guy has an Arabic last name, but I figured he was basically Americanized. I guess I was wrong.

Soooo, that leads me to my question.

Is it Ramadana-ding-dong already?
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 6:43:44 AM EST
According to the Islamic Society of North America the first day of fasting for Ramadan 2004 is expected to be October 16th.

Ramadan
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 6:45:18 AM EST

Originally Posted By Malpaso:
According to the Islamic Society of North America the first day of fasting for Ramadan 2004 is expected to be October 16th.

Ramadan



It began on the night of October the 15th, to be exact. It's all about moon cycles.

Link Posted: 10/20/2004 6:45:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 6:47:23 AM EST
Better keep an eye on him. He can't be trusted.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 6:57:25 AM EST
Last year in Iraq, we sure knew when Ramadan started. That's when they started launching rockets into our base. Hopefully, they are prepared this year.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:05:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:16:36 AM EST
It it were Ramadan, John Kerry would be getting his photo taken wearing a skull cap bowing on a prayer rug.
Link Posted: 10/20/2004 7:26:59 AM EST
I was working in the Middle East one year when Ramadan was in the summer. Man, that was tough. Out of respect for my hosts and co-workers, I fasted with them. Working all day in the hot sun with no water was tough, but manageable. It's not like anybody's busting their ass anyway. Man, when sunset came, though, it was really something! We'd basically stay up almost all night eating and partying.

Elderly people, the sick, pregnant women and those who are traveling are exempt from fasting during Ramadan. That's why so many muslims travel during Ramadan - so they don't have to fast.
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