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Ramadan

Meursault

I am the man who arranges the blocks.
So! Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan, and I've decided that it would be an interesting exercise in self-discipline if I observed it this year, if only partially. I'm not a Muslim and don't own a copy of the Quran, so I don't intend on learning and saying the proper prayers, but I think I can manage the fasting part. Before anyone asks, yes, my parents are aware that I'm doing this and they're perfectly fine with it.

For those of you who are TOTALLY IGNORANT of Islamic tradition, Ramadan is a holy month in Islam (the month when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad), where Muslims may not eat, drink (aside from water), or partake in sexual activity from sunrise until sunset (well, ten minutes after sunset, because you have to wait for evening prayers to be over). This year it begins on August 11th, and ends September 9th (the day before my birthday, so I suppose I'll have more than one thing to celebrate if I complete this!).

If anyone has advice, words of support, or thoughts like "why the hell is he doing this", feel free to post it here!
 

Green

a million miles of water
Pronoun
he
my dad takes part in the fasting part even though he's not muslim. he's... good at it? i dunno.
 

nothing to see here

...probably not posting here too much anymore.
Pronoun
he/him
I'd never be able to pull the fasting thing off... I wake up too late in the day to get a meal in before sunrise, but not quite late enough that I'd be able to go without food entirely until it gets dark.

Of course, now that I think about it, I probably would be able to go 8-10 hours without food if I had to, and I've gone for almost that long before when I was just so busy with other stuff that I didn't think about eating... but it's not something I'd volunteer to do for a whole month.

I would like cheat and gorge right before the sun comes up.
Breakfast is supposed to be the biggest meal of the day, so would that really be cheating? As long as you finish eating before sunrise, anyway.
 

Ether's Bane

future Singaporean
Pronoun
he
Breakfast is supposed to be the biggest meal of the day, so would that really be cheating? As long as you finish eating before sunrise, anyway.
That's what you're supposed to do, actually.

Also, just... give it your all, I suppose.

(I live in a Muslim-majority area, so that may be why I'm not as amazed as you guys. :P)
 

Zora of Termina

forget your high society
Props to you man.
I couldn't do it. I can hardly go four hours without eating something, let alone the whole day. Unless I've stuffed myself the night before, but I couldn't live like that a whole month.
 

Green

a million miles of water
Pronoun
he
.... you know, i think i'll try this too.

my mom's kinda convinced i'm trying to be anorexic though, so maybe not. |:

i gorge myself when i'm alone, though.... today i had a microwave thing, a plate of nachos, and some melted chocolate chips in a span of like 30 minutes.
 

Teh Ebil Snorlax

izombie, uzombie, weallzombie
My girlfriend was raised in a mixed-Muslim, -Christian household and now she's an atheist Wiccan but her dad still thinks she's Muslim, so she tells him she observes it, then eats at home.
 

Dannichu

Tragically unbeyachted.
One of my friends at uni observes Ramadan and then we're all out as a group and we'll go somewhere for a meal and she'll sit there and watch us eat and I feel terrible DDDD:

I can barely give up chocolate for Lent :/
 

Pikachu

Kelp is good! Yum yum!
Pronoun
he
I give you props. And I'm actually happy that I'm not the only one fasting on TCoDf (it's obligatory for me, since I'm a practicing Muslim.) I would like to point out that you're not allowed to drink anything, even water. Another thing I would like to mention is that, since the beginning and end of Islamic months are determined on the moon, it is not certain (based on my knowledge) that Ramadan indeed starts tomorrow and ends Sept 9. If you would like me to keep you posted on when it does, just ask :D

However, since none of this is obligatory on you, it's up to you really.

Good for you. :B

I would like cheat and gorge right before the sun comes up.
That's not cheating at all. I would do that if I wasn't so tired when I wake up 30-45min before sunrise xD
 

Meursault

I am the man who arranges the blocks.
I give you props. And I'm actually happy that I'm not the only one fasting on TCoDf (it's obligatory for me, since I'm a practicing Muslim.) I would like to point out that you're not allowed to drink anything, even water. Another thing I would like to mention is that, since the beginning and end of Islamic months are determined on the moon, it is not certain (based on my knowledge) that Ramadan indeed starts tomorrow and ends Sept 9. If you would like me to keep you posted on when it does, just ask :D
Oh, I was told water was allowed. Oh well, I'm not likely to go on any monstrous bike rides any time soon. Also, Wikipedia says that the 2010 dates for the start and end of Ramadan are tomorrow and Sept. 9th, so I think I'll just use that rather than rely on the moon. If it ends before then, though, feel free to let me know! :B

I think I might keep a pseudo-blog in this thread, maybe writing everything down will help keep me sane.
 

Pwnemon

will remain confined to the pokemon topics
why the hell is he doing this
Lol, I kid. Although I could never do this, I starve if I go three hours without food. (School I hate you.) Like I have a really small stomach but it empties every five minutes.
 

Zuu

printf("%s\n", user_title);
I am tempted to try this as well but with school coming up ... I don't know if I can allow my grades to suffer on account of hunger. Then again, it'd only be ~2 weeks that I'd be in school during Ramadan ... I don't know!
 

Anomaly 54

Used to be Cheat Master
It starts on my birthday!

BOO

Anyway, hats off to you, I can't go 2 hours without feeling hungry. Let alone a month!
 

Zuu

printf("%s\n", user_title);
<Walker> i'm slightly hungry right now
* Vondell has quit (Ping timeout)
<Walker> i can last probably
<Zuu> gogo walker
<MidnightDS> you can do iiit
<Walker> thought i smelled bacon earlier
* MidnightDS dresses herself and zuu up in gary's cheerleader outfits
<Walker> must've been the neighbors though, window is open
<Zuu> ;D
<Walker> ;o
<Zuu> walker walker you're the best, put your inner-muslim to the test
<Walker> ...
<MidnightDS> walker walker he's our bud! he'll kick hunger in the nuds
<MidnightDS> we are the best cheerleaders ever
 
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