Early every morning, the local muezzin begins his call, asking all those who hear him to pray. I’ve lived here long enough now, that it doesn’t usually wake me up anymore. However, this morning was a little different. The call was markedly louder than usual and the usual muezzin was replaced by someone very talented in his singing/chanting. Today … More The Call to Sacrifice
Yesterday millions of Muslims began their yearly 30-day fast for the month of Ramadan. It is a strange time to be in the Middle East. The rules are different. Life is different. Yesterday, my friends went to their local market to buy tons of food in preparation for their first night’s futuur, the breaking of the fast. … More Preparing for Ramadan
10. Searching throughout the city for any open restaurant, cafe, hole in wall, whatever, that’s open prior to Iftar. 9. Sending out and receiving regular updates on what places are open before Iftar. 8. Business meetings that start at 9pm because everyone’s too tired to meet while they’re fasting.