Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Qatar: Ramadon

Ramadan, the holy month of Muslims and the ninth month of Islamic calendar is the month of fasting for the Muslims. Ramadan is said to be the month of Allah

The Newest members of The Avengers: Carole Montgomery and Elaine Boosler

Hardest working man in Qatar: Tony
Americans not only follow the rules publicly here out of respect... It is law! You can be arrested even if your not Muslim for breaking the rules of Ramadan.. Thankfully we are on base and this doesn't get applied here. Ramadan involves fasting during the daytime, saying no to food, drink, smoking and sexual activities. The importance of fasting during Ramadan is clearly known to the Muslims as it is said that:

He who fasts during Ramadan with faith and prays (Confession is much easier);  during the night in Ramadan with faith and seeks his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.

During Ramadan Muslims have meal twice a day. One before the sunrise and one after the sunset. The meal before sunrise is called the suhoor meal and the meal after the sunset is called the Iftar meal.

Muslims fast during the daytime. During Ramadan Muslims spend most of their time in remembering Allah by reciting Ramadan Dua and visiting mosque. Apart from the five daily prayers they also recite Taraweeh prayer, and on Lailatul Qadr, also called as the night of power, when Muslims spend their entire night praying to Allah.

Ramadan Routine: Exemptions from Ramadan
Being a Muslim it is a duty to carry out Ramadan fast, as it is one of the pillars of Islam, which every Muslim must follow. Also Ramadan is said to be the holy month for Muslims as several believes are associated with it. somehow, some of the conditions exempt some Muslims from Ramadan fast like: 
  • Children below twelve years.
  • Muslims who are physically and mentally challenged.
  • Senior Muslim citizen.
  • Muslims who travel for long distances.
  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers.
  • Women who are menstruating.
Comander Call: We May Have scared the comander- his son sounder like me at age 6
At The commander call we found out Robert Deniro comes here every year and meets every soldier.. I respect the hell out of him even more now.

I wish I could make that kind of Inpact on people!

The nicest people always work with the Commander!

Sargent is the Man! He had us Rolling at lunch about eating weird food

Traditional Practices During Ramadan
  • Having meal twice a day, one before the sunrise and one after the sunsets.
  • Visit Mosque as many number of times any Muslim can visit.
  • Read the entire Quran during the month of Ramadan.
  • Cook delicious food during Ramadan and after Ramadan.

 Its very hot so we kept our activity low- Commander call, Bowling, swimming and enjoying the cold rooms with internet and books.
The Gang at Commander Call

Yea Its That hot- they will blow up..
  • Some of the famous food items of Ramadan are: 
  • Fig and lemon chicken
  • Nutritional lentil soup
  • Moroccan soup
  • Beef meatballs
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh fig cake
  • Rich semolina cookies
With this Menu and rules: Muslims sound like Italians with less violence at diner.

The Show After Commander Call

After Ramadan, Eid-Ul-Fitr
Eid-Ul-Fitr means time to break the fast. Its time to enjoy and spread happiness and wish all near and dear ones by greeting Eid Mubarak.Eid is the time to relax. Muslims generally wear new clothes on this day. It’s the day of children as they receive a lot of gifts and perks from their relatives. So its kind of like Muslim Christmas, lent and Easter all rolled into one month.