JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
Quoting Toast (Reply 3): Doesn't sound fun, especially in a place like KSA where I'm almost sure this nonsense is actually enforced in public (JGPH1A, can you confirm that?)
I guess it is, but most of the people I have spoken to seem to take it seriously and see it as part of their faith, just something they do. Fair enough. I don't think I'd enjoy it particularly, but to each his own. Not fair to call it nonsense, it's no sillier than Easter or Christmas. It just lasts longer.
Cabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1040 times:
Quoting Toast (Reply 6): For some reason, people don't object to the word "nonsense" when applied to eating garlic to ward off vampires, or being afraid of the number 13... Forcing onself and everybody else not to eat when there's no reason for it is and always will be nonsense to me.
Yeah but the stupid PC brigade doesn't come out when one's talking about eating garlic. To each one his own I guess, I agree that to force someone else of another religion to also not eat is going to far. Keep one's religion to oneself really. There's no need to force it on everyone else.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (6 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 892 times:
Quoting Aloges (Reply 5): So are you going to Jeddah again for Eid ul-Fitr, JGPH1A?
Highly unlikely - this trip was my first, last and only I reckon. Food here is great though, so I imagine the feast at the end of Ramadan must be spectaculary. Mmmmmmm umm'ali (sp?) - a kind of uber-breadandbutter pudding ! Very yum.
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4496 posts, RR: 54 Reply 12, posted (6 years 3 months 16 hours ago) and read 887 times:
Well I'm in Riyadh and thankful that Ramadan didn't start today otherwise I wouldn't be eating lunch. Flying back to the UAE tonight, so it's not like its going to be that much better there but at least I'll be able to go to a hotel to have a bite.
I'll be between Saudi and Dubai for the rest of Ramadan though. I'll probably have a nice breakfast (on the 40th floor of the Kingdom Centre which I think is the only place serving food during the day hours) and then probably order a snack box from the hotel and sneak it into work, then eat it at lunch time hiding under my desk with the door of my office closed.
Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 12 Reply 16, posted (6 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 857 times:
Ramadan Mubarak to all!!
This is at least the 2nd consecutive year where we are discussing the non-muslims in Muslim countries during Ramadan. With the exception of the fact that some restaurants etc might not offer full menu or any food at all during the day, might be considered a business decision. Besides that there is no need/reason for any one not fasting to hold themselves back. Its against the very concept of the fast, to control the hunger and urge to eat or drink. I had never taken offence or even notice anyone eating during the day when I was in a Muslim country. Never had any problem now that I am not, the only thing I do miss is the atmosphere.
Quoting Emrecan (Reply 14): As a muslim living in a non-muslim country, Ramadan will a bit hard for me but I hope to be in my hometown for "eid"
It takes a little getting used to, you'll be fine. In the begining you just might have to make sure to rememeber not to eat or drink in the regular flow. Part of the 'atmosphere' I was talking about is just not there if you are a minority. BTW where are you now and where are you from? For as long as you have been on the forum, I don't think our path have crossed online ver often.