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westerners and ramadan

Skippy

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thought this was interesting- thats about it-- not like im going there tomorrow or anything:

Dear colleagues,
United Corporate Security and the Security Issue Review Committee (SIRC) would
like to remind you that the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins this Friday
(August 21, 2009) and will continue for 30 days until Saturday, the 19​
th of
September.
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic Lunar calendar. It is a time of spiritual
and social rejuvenation and bonding for believers globally, through the ritual of
fasting.
Some of the countries where Ramadan is widely observed comprise the list of UAL
destinations (Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and other countries with large Muslim
population).
Corporate Security and the SIRC would like to provide you with helpful tips and
remind of the behavior that Muslims will expect visiting and resident non-Muslim
foreigners to observe during Ramadan.

•​
Doing Business during Ramadan:

- Carefully consider the necessity of travel during Ramadan as it can be difficult to
secure business appointments and meet public officials.
- Productivity drops during the month, and both public and private sectors observe
shorter working days, often ending at 14.00 or 15.00 (local time).
- Personnel should endeavor to ascertain prior to departure whether their local
counterparts will honor pre-arranged commitments.​
•​
Security Precautions:

- Criminal activity tends to increase in the final weeks of Ramadan, prior to the Eid
al-Fitr public holiday on 20​
th of September, as a result of the need for extra money
for celebrations.
- There is no history of an escalation of attacks by Islamist extremists during
Ramadan, though tightened security should be anticipated.

•​
Food Consumption:

- It is regarded as unacceptable, and is actually illegal to eat, drink (even water), or
smoke in public during the fasting hours (sunup to sundown), i.e., approximately
5:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m. Actual times can vary in different countries; therefore it
is advised to verify hours using local Mass Media.
- If Muslims are present in the work place, they expect non Muslims to respect their
fasting and not to eat, drink or smoke in front of them, even in motor vehicles, or
to prepare food that they can smell or see.
- Restaurants are closed during daylight hours, with the exception of a few hotel
restaurants that serve non-Muslims only. Restaurants will begin serving food at
sundown, but expect them to be crowded, especially for the first serving hour. If
you are in a hotel and they do not serve a meal at a time you require, you will find
that room service is normally available or the dining room will have an isolated
area where food is served.​
•​
Road Travel:

- Exercise caution when traveling on roads at dusk, when standards of driving can
deteriorate considerably as local residents travel home to break their fast (iftar).​
•​
Dress Code:

- Modest dress and respectful behavior between the sexes are normal social
customs in the Islamic world, but particularly so during Ramadan.​
To address specific questions please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the
country of interest, or visit the U.S. Department of State Website. The International​
SOS website is another valuable resource.
 

LR25

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In hotels, they put us in the basement to eat breakfast.
 

CatfishVT9

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- There is no history of an escalation of attacks by Islamist extremists during
Ramadan, though tightened security should be anticipated.


YGBSM!!!!! 9/11?


 

grog_sit_reserv

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If Muslims are present in the work place, they expect non Muslims to respect their
fasting and not to eat, drink or smoke in front of them, even in motor vehicles, or
to prepare food that they can smell or see.

Why don't they respect my right to a delicious ham sandwich? So tired of the muslim faith. . . . Everyone bow down to the muslims or they'll get angry!
 

tyuwerty

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- There is no history of an escalation of attacks by Islamist extremists during
Ramadan, though tightened security should be anticipated.


YGBSM!!!!! 9/11?


Ramadan is on the lunar calendar. In 2001 it would have taken place in Nov/Dec.
 

tathagatha

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The best time to be on the road in Jeddah is right after the evening cannon goes off ending the fast! You can drive from one end of town to the other run all the red lights, speed and not see anything moving except maybe a cat. 3 points for the cat!!

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waka

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- There is no history of an escalation of attacks by Islamist extremists during
Ramadan, though tightened security should be anticipated.


YGBSM!!!!! 9/11?



Nope. 9/11 had nothing to do with Ramadan.
 

Clacker

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- If Muslims are present in the work place, they expect non Muslims to respect their
fasting and not to eat, drink or smoke in front of them, even in motor vehicles, or
to prepare food that they can smell or see.

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I observed a few Ramadans in Bahrain some years ago. The locals would feast and have fun late into the night and then spend the following day snoozing indoors or hanging out in the shade. (Kind of reminds me of my college days, actually) Anyway, while they relaxed in the daytime, the poor Indian laborers toiled outdoors in the hot sun without food or water. They were the poor b@stards sacrificing!
 

crxpilot

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I think I will find some muslims and eat some big juicy hamburgers right in front of them.
 

waka

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crashpad

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I think I will find some muslims and eat some big juicy hamburgers right in front of them.

Don't forget to show thanks to Allah afterward.. kicking your leg outward and squinting your eyes as you launch an oily Rama-muffin toward the East.
 
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