Monday, July 16, 2012

Ramadan and the London 2012 Olympics

In a few days, Muslims all over the world will enter the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, also known as the Holy Month of Ramadan, when the Quran was revealed by Allah to mankind.

This means that for 30 days, Muslims will be extra devoted to spiritual reflection and practice self-discipline and self-restraint by abstaining from food, liquids and sexual activities from sunrise to sunset.

Since the local calendar is based on the phases of the moon, the first day of Ramadan will only be confirmed once the new moon is sighted. This year, it is anticipated to fall on or around July 20 – right in the middle of crazy hot summer (when the average temperature around here is usually over 40 degrees Celsius) and only a few days away from the beginning of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Can you imagine what it must be like to the approximately 3,500 Muslim athletes competing this year? How will they manage to fast and still have strength to compete?

I actually found an interesting article online that talks about this: How to Compete in the Olympics While Fasting for Ramadan. It explains that there are actually ways around it...

Now, if you are not a Muslim, but are planning to be in the UAE during Ramadan, do remember that rules and regulations also apply to you while in public. So, from dawn to sunset…

NO liquids, not even water
NO food, not even gum
NO show of affection, not even holding hands
NO bad habits, not even one cigarette

For more info, take a look at one of my previous posts: The Holy Month of Ramadan, from September 2010.

Ramadan Kareem (Blessed Ramadan) to all!

1 comment:

  1. Great, in London they have to move the Olympics because it coincides with the Ramadan,,,in Canada you can't say ,,marry Christmas anymore because it is offensive, if you make a comment about the g,l,b,t..,you could go to jail because it is infringing it their rights, and it is someone else's fault that they are like that , always...does anybody realize that the freedom that we all have is gone down the pipe, and Canada is turning into a middle eastern country where you are told what to say and how to dress, or the communist North Korea where you could lose your life ,just asking for basic rights..??? and religion,especially Muslim is predominating in more places in the world then ever ?? we need to wake up or it will all be gone, that is very true and real, more than you still want to wear your favourite dress when you go out ,,or say something that feels right and not be obligated to do things you don't want ,,,then stand up for the rights and freedom you now have,,, Thank you..