Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ramadan is Here Upon Us

Ramadan Kareem. It's the month of fasting turned upside down. The whole point is to share the feelings of the less privileged during this month through fasting and feeling the hunger and thirst. Yet it became the month of excesses. As soon as the sun sets we start a marathon of eating and feasting continuously throughout the  night.

And what happened to the prayer and quite time. Forget it. Turn the tv on and tune in to the latest episodes especially made for this month and the ads that only rival the US Super Bowl ads (to make it better it's coming right out of your pocket, remember that when you get your inflated mobile phone bill!).

Finally don't forget to rush to the mall and the cafes and so unnecessary social gatherings. Another Ramadan  is here upon us.. eat up and be jolly!

3 comments:

Grey said...

Surprisngly the malls are dull, Having a very low business..

BTW .. wish you a blessed month of Ramadan

Jacques said...

How come you use the word "Kareem"?
It does not seem to exist in english, I did not find it in the Webster,
nor in the Robert & Collins. It seems they use Lent. But Kareem exists
in french. We spell it "CarĂªme" and its ethymology is from the latin
"quadragesima" meaning fourty, i.e. fourty days before Easter (in fact,
46 days) when practicing christians (a species in danger of extinction)
fast in their own way: they are allowed to eat and drink days and nights
but are supposed to limit their consumption and avoid meat and wine) I
assume Ramadan does not last 40 days but 28 or 29 like other islamic (or
lunar) months. I would be curious to know what is the ethymology of your
"Kareem"

bu ziyad said...

Grey: Thanks for you wishes.

Jacques: I have a simple answer for you. Kareem is an Arabic word that means kind. When we say Ramadan Kareem it is similar to saying Merry Christmas. It is just a way to greet and wish people well on Ramadan.