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The Month of Feasting

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A couple of years ago, I came across an online news article discussing a study that had found that Egyptian Muslims actually eat and drink more during Ramadan than any other time of year. I have been trying to find that article to share here with no luck, but this piece covers similar ground.

Now, I haven’t fasted in more than 15 years, but much of my family still does. Occasionally, the whole extended family will get together for Iftar, the nightly breaking of the fast. Once a modest affair (the early Muslims broke their fast with a couple of dates and a prayer), has turned into a veritable feast. Dessert consumption also goes through the roof at this time of year. Visit any Lebanese sweet shop in Sydney about one hour before sundown and you’ll know what I mean.

I always thought it ironic that a religious practice meant to encourage reflection, sacrifice and frugality has been so thoroughly distorted. Is there really anything to be gained from depriving oneself during the day, only to gorge like there’s no tomorrow the minute the sun disappears over the horizon?

 

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Written by Ruby

August 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Posted in Islam

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