Whatever Happened To Ramadan?
I went in our local Indians the other night for my regular takeaway and had to wait a bit longer to be served than normal.
The lads who work there (The Monsun in Low Fell, Gateshead – exceedingly nice and all freebies gratefully received) were sat down in the restaurant themselves, engaged in what looked like a world record curry eating attempt.
The explanation of course was that the sun had just disappeared and so they were allowed to break their fast. The observance of Ramadan meaning that from 9th July this year, for 30 days they are now allowed to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. I’ve just checked and for example today, it won’t be until 9.17pm when the sun sets in Gateshead, then my mates at the Monsun can feed their faces (again) until 5.18am on Sunday morning. Then it begins all again.
The arrival of a number of Muslim players at Newcastle has certainly increased the knowledge of the average United fan when it comes to religious matters.
While a little knowledge can be dangerous, it has certainly helped us fill in the long sunny signing-free summer days, discussing the ramifications of Sharia law with regard to the Wonga/Cisse dispute.Who’d have thought it.
I bet it has led to a decent number of kids having slightly more interesting Religious Education classes than I endured back in the day.
I do find it amusing though that while in previous seasons it was a massive worry what impact the observance of Ramadan would have on the likes of Ba and Cisse, yet now it doesn’t even get mentioned, or is that because the papers have just had another non-story (Wonga/Cisse) to fill their summer pages?
So by my reckoning, Papiss Cisse and my mates from the Monsun will be able to get back to normal eating/drinking habits around the 8th/9th August.
By the time the season kicks off, Ramadan will be just a distant memory, a bit like the Wonga/Cisse fiasco that has done little but help promote even further the name of a certain payday loan company, or ‘Digital Finance Company’ as they would now prefer us all to call them.
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