Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ramadan 2012 – Day 2
So maybe the fact that I got full sooner than expected at yesterday's Iftar is a common thing. One of the papers has reported a couple hundred people went to the hospital last night for stomach troubles. Gotta start taking it easier I guess.
The problem is that once you break the fast and start eating it's difficult to stop. You will eat everything that's around. This is why I've been trying to have Iftar at home as much as possible where I can control the portion size. Two years ago I was always going out with friends to restaurants and wound up stuffing my face. The downside of being at home though is once I finish my food I start raiding the fridge.
Tonight I still feel like I ate too much, I'll try to have even less tomorrow.
I got a call around 5pm from a Qatari friend of mine to go with a buddy of his to the Corniche and drive around. There was even more people out this time and lot of people had brought out their flashy cars for the occasion. It sort of looked like a car show. My friend said that over the next couple weeks it will probably get even busier.
So for those of you who want to see it had down to the Corniche from five o'clock onward. The area between the post office and the Sheraton seemed to be where everyone was hanging out.
Some Westerners always wonder, do Muslim religious leaders ever embrace celibacy?
Anas reported . . . the Prophet (peace be upon him) praised Allah and glorified Him, and said: "Why some people say such and such things [celibacy, fasting through the night . . .etc]; but I perform prayer in sleep, I observe fast and I do not, and I marry women. He who turns away from my Sunnah, is not from me (i.e., not a follower).” (Sahih Muslim, Book of Marriage)
What is an unmarried young man to do . . .
Alqamah reported: . . . the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "O young men, those of you who can afford marriage, let them do so, for it restrains eyes, and preserves chastity; but he who cannot afford it, he should observe fasting for it works like castration." (Sahih Muslim, Book of Marriage)