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12:09 AM on 07/12/2013
They can't do anything right.
12:04 AM on 07/12/2013
LOL... It reminds me of the debauchery of Mardi Gras in anticipation of Lent, which of course most people don't observe anyway. Somehow being "good" about abstaining during a given period makes it OK to throw all common sense out the window the rest of the time.

Religious rituals become so contorted by people who actually have not idea what they are about. If people are going to practice these traditions, maybe they could use them for actual reflection and rededication to the principles they stand for. What's the point of fasting all day in the name of restraint just to pig out the moment the sun goes down?
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MarkNS
07:16 AM on 07/12/2013
Or they could just celebrate them for fun without buying into any of the superstitious woo-woo that surrounds them.
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Dan Cheshire
You are a risen ape, not a fallen angel.
08:17 AM on 07/12/2013
Could you pass the soy sauce please?
11:28 AM on 07/12/2013
There's nothing superstitious or mystical about taking time to reflect on things we often take for granted in life. 
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Dan Cheshire
You are a risen ape, not a fallen angel.
08:16 AM on 07/12/2013
If the religious would stop eating every meal at the HomeTown Buffet they they might avoid the overeating. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/does-going-to-church-pack_1_b_1086159.html
11:31 AM on 07/12/2013
My comment wasn't intended as a general broadside at religious people. I'm simply talking about people who mindlessly adhere to rituals while missing the purported intent.
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Mr e MaN
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11:54 PM on 07/11/2013
Ramadan Kareem

I would have a hard time doing this. Particularly no water during the hot days in UAE.
11:33 PM on 07/11/2013
The wandering moon festival of r@m@l@m@d1ngd0ng strikes again...
11:25 PM on 07/11/2013
Those people who over-eat have not understood the purpose of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of spirituality and that can only be achieved by cutting down on food and drink. The fasting during the daylight hours helps in that regard, but at night people should not gorge themselves with food.

In the Islamic tradition, exemplified by Prophet Muhammad, one needs a few morsels to sustain oneself. If one must fill his or her stomach, then it should be a third for water, a third for air, and a third for food.

Fasting in Islam is very healthy if observed properly. It is not meant to cause harm. If one is harmed by fasting, then they do not have to fast. Instead, if they can afford it, they must feed a poor person one meal for every day of Ramadan they miss. In Islam, pregnant women do not have to fast. People with chronic illnesses that require the taking of medicine during the daylight hours do not have to fast. Travelers make up the fast after they return from their journeys. I can go on and on. Also, it is important to note that fasting is obligatory after one reaches puberty, as long as fasting does not cause serious harm. Experiencing hardship, as long as it does not cause harm, is part of the fasting. One the befits of experiencing hardship while fasting is to help Muslims develop empathy towards the poor.
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MarkNS
07:17 AM on 07/12/2013
I thought the purpose of Ramadan was to make it hard for me to find a beer when I reluctantly transit through Dubai.
08:11 PM on 07/13/2013
Maybe you should try the idea of fasting. As I have mentioned, it's something that many, if not all, spiritual traditions share. Unlike alcohol, which has more harms than benefits, fasting, if observed properly, is beneficial to your body and soul.
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hoover52
I love all of nature's furchildren
09:09 AM on 07/12/2013
I apologize for the many disrespectful comments posted here today. These are not the opinions of everyone.
08:08 PM on 07/13/2013
Thank you for your kind words! I am not bothered by disrespectful comments. I just feel sorry for their authors. 
11:16 PM on 07/11/2013
Self abasement (fasting from food and water during the day) like this might sound like a good thing, but ultimately, it does nothing spiritually...
11:30 PM on 07/11/2013
Explain.
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Ryrik
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12:36 AM on 07/12/2013
On the other hand it is rather interesting to see how far you can go without food and water if you are brainwashed into a certain ideology.
11:01 PM on 07/11/2013
During Ramadan, those that fast, when the sun is down turn into PIGS
No pun intended.
So much for reflection
11:31 PM on 07/11/2013
I doubt your honesty.
11:45 PM on 07/11/2013
Did I mention honesty?
There is not a truly 100% honest person in this world nor ever was or will be.
At least I am not hell bent on killing or maiming people who do agree with my believes.
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s0uthparkc0nservative
If you only had a brain...
03:51 AM on 07/12/2013
I find your lack of faith disturbing.
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10:39 PM on 07/11/2013
This is news because?
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salamfall
Unapologetic dude
10:43 PM on 07/11/2013
it's ramadan
03:04 AM on 07/12/2013
So???
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YankeeCanuck
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10:37 PM on 07/11/2013
Christians got a thing like that every year at state fairs all across the midwest and south--- only they don't fast beforehand. Usually they call it the the hot dog eating contest, or pie eating contest. But look around at all those kids eating Barbecue and deep-fried everything on a stick. Later on at home, there will be barf.
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chromium dullard
shiny shiny shiny
10:27 PM on 07/11/2013
You need to learn how to overeat from we North Americans. Many of us are under-educated about Islam, and it appears that some Muslims are under-educated about how to properly gorge themselves. We have much to learn from each other when it comes to being unhealthy, whether of mind or body.
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jackspear
Freedom FROM religion, not Freedom of Religion
10:18 PM on 07/11/2013
religious lunacy will be painful and harmful
10:13 PM on 07/11/2013
At the end of Ramadan comes Ramitdown? -_- Pacing, people!
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TXfemmom
Grandma with eye on the future
10:05 PM on 07/11/2013
The dehydration of Ramadan likely leads to permanent damage in renal and gastric complications.  I know it is supposed to be about self-restraint and knowing how the poor, who lack food, feel, but a good many people are likely to be severely harmed by the dehydration and problems related to the fasting and then the binging every night.  I wonder how many Type II diabetics on the edge are forced over it by the scenario?
10:37 PM on 07/11/2013
Actually if you do have type II diabetes, then you probably don't need to fast. Basically you don't need to fast if you're very young (haven't reached puberty yet), sick, travelling, floating about in space, breast-feeding, menstruating and if you are pregnant.
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GidgetAKAPaulaAnn
your first teacher is your mother
10:45 PM on 07/11/2013
thanks, very comprehensive answer.
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GidgetAKAPaulaAnn
your first teacher is your mother
10:41 PM on 07/11/2013
people with serious medical conditions are not only excused from fasting, but forbidden; however for each day they do not fast they should provide a meal (or money for a meal) for someone who can't afford a good meal.
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smokeedaclown
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10:01 PM on 07/11/2013
mmmm noodles with raisins and carrots
10:01 PM on 07/11/2013
I think it is about time Muslims blew off Ramadan. I have worked in Muslim countries for 27 years and watched as the Muslims pigged out at nite and were pretty much useless for work the next day. I not sure how many but tons of Muslims cheat during the holy month by eating, drinking or smoking during the day. I think when Mohammed performed the first Ramadan all he was doing was sitting in a cave all day and eating at nite. I am pretty sure if Mohammed had a day job Ramadan would never have happened. I am also pretty sure that if breath mints had been invented 2,000 years ago Mohammed would have allowed folks to pop a few during the course of the day so as not to offend us Infidels.