The Ramadhan Mubarak …

I heard the other day that the correct term to use is Ramadhan Mubarak and not Ramadhan Kareem … so RM not RK … RM not RK … RM not RK … why? Come to think of it … I always found it a bit weird when people told each other RK … its more of statement about Ramadhan than a way congratulate or greet each other on the commencement of this special month … so to start this post I would like to say … mbarak 3alaikum elshahar (RM) …

I will also assume at this point that I have some readers that are Arab and I will take a minute to explain the difference between the two terms … you might have all herd the term Eid Mubarak before? So Ramadhan Mubarak is … same same … is the sense that it means the same thing … may you have a blessed Ramadhan or Eid … Ramdhan Kareem on the other hand means that Ramadhan is generous … does that make sense?

So Ramadhan is back and some of have been blessed to be part of it once more …as for those who have left us, we pray and we hope that they are in a better place … may this Ramadhan help all of grow and become better people/ blogger/ tweeter etc..… this is probably the last Ramadhan with semi-functional weather… the next few Ramadhan will be test us with hotter weather and longer days… they will probably present us with even more traps that we can fall into …

So by now everyone is ready … Mr. Western Expat has stocked up his liquor cabin … the ones that were on holiday and just came back and did manage to stock up are probably not happy teddy bears … but as many expats blatantly claim that they do not understand what Ramadhan is all about … they get into the spirit or the month in terms preparation much earlier than we do … and some take these preparation very seriously … my fellow blogger AIO has gone so far as to compile a list of to dos in order to get ready for Ramdhan … As for us locals (arabs) most are still not ready for Ramadhan … still doing some last minute shopping … still getting things together … last minute as usual …

Last year I blogged about some of the common traps of Ramadhan (three of them) … this year I would like to continue with that and talk about some other traps :

Trap Number Four: Food Shopping While Fasting (FSWF)

Take it from me and NEVER go to the supermarket while your hungry … FSWF is probably one the easiest traps to fall into … you will end up buying the whole of lulu … especially with all the “Ramadhan Offers” … all the stuff that you don’t need and don’t eat will end up in that trolley … its funny how hunger can take over one’s sense of reasonability …

Trap Number Five: Over Dosing on TV (OD-TV)

This trap is specifically applicable to GAM (Group Arab Muslims)

Side note: for GNM (Group Non Muslims) Ramadhan is the time that all the arab channels on TV launch their exclusive TV series for the month .. these include the usually Syrian historic series, the “drama queen mama” khaleeji series, the Egyptian funny series, the Egyptian “yusra” series, the khaleeji comedy, the khaleeji animation, and the endless cooking shows and the usual talk shows ramadhan edition … the amount of TV produced in that single month is enough for the whole year ..

Don’t get sucked into OD-TV … its too easy … resist it  … if you are going to watch …then just watch one of them … OD-TV is the most distracting and probably destructive thing about Ramadan … it almost qualifies as a conspiracy concocted by the evil humans (the real evil non humans are locked away for the month) or are the humans only executing the plans of the real evil doers that create all these distractions before they get sent away for the month? Commercializing Ramadan and distracting the people taking the focus away from the real purpose behind Ramadan … ok so basically just don’t watch too much TV …

Trap Number Six: Over Eating Before Sleeping (OEBS)

This is probably the most common trap … I don’t know if it applies to all the people that get to witness Ramadan … I mean, the eating habits of the whole country changes … do the Default Fasters also pig out? Do they also feel that they need to eat more and conserve more food? Coz the people that fast over do it … I have even heard of people that end up in Hospital Emergency because they’ve ruptured their stomachs …

So today … I have failed to control my eating … hopefully I will get to jump over that hole tomorrow !

Happy Fasting … as for those who don’t fast … I think you should try it … just to see what its all about …

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