Tuesday, August 2, 2011



It is an annual challenge, patience and restraint, but this year the month of Ramadan has much beneath a scorching sun intimidation.
Holy month of fasting which starts today, will let Muslims in Houston Texas abstinence from food and drink during daylight hours, some days more than the hottest period of the year.

This was a source of concern for some of the thousands of Muslims who call Houston home. Many of these — surgeons, engineers, restaurant workers and workers – should find ways to operate during the daily trials of self-control, which will run between 14 and 15 hours.
"I am worried," said Yahya Gant, 39, an engineer on the auto repair shop where Richmond temperatures while working with cars regularly exceed a sweaty, greasy 100 degrees.

Gant said he expects to Ramadan and is excited to spend more time in the mosque for evening prayers night special, but the fasts will not be easy, he said.

"It is hot outside, and I am not going to get this much water," said Gant.

In fact, I received no water, at least between East and West.

This was the main concern for Dr. Imran Mohiuddin, vascular surgeon Methodist sugar land hospital. "I do not believe I am ready for any year," said Ramadan. "This just process your springs."

Mohiuddin is often walk and participate in large enterprises for aneurisms, occlusion of the arteries and bypass surgeries. Fasting while working, add another challenge which may drain, he said.

"The first couple of days as I am a grouch, but after it becomes much easier," said Mohiuddin.

An additional difficulty is that they often work at sunset. Instead of stopping the process for the first meal in more than 14 hours, a nurse will have a cup of water and a straw for the quickly changing quickly, and then continue operations, he said.

"Sometimes life can patients hands, so I cannot stop to do it," said Mohiuddin.
11 days earlier each year

Because the Muslim lunar calendar, the start of Ramadan displaces approximately 11 days earlier each year, bringing the month of fasting in recent years by the short days of winter and fall, and in the heat of summer. The last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August is the hottest period of the year in Houston, Texas, according to the national weather service. Ramadan 2011 will probably give Houston Muslims longest and hottest fasting experience in more than 30 years.

Days for many Muslims would mean less sleep. Mosques across the region will host a night prayer sessions, called taraweeh prayers, with the events that was closed between 11 and midnight.

Saeedat Anifowoshe, 51, await you will receive only between two and three hours of sleep each night. The single mother of three and a nurse at the Harris County jail in downtown usually goes to sleep after taraweeh prayers about midnight, then awakens and about 2 a.m. for more prayers before eating and going to work. Intellectual engagement is important to experience Ramadan – more important than sleep, he said. "Will not affect me because I am used to it," said Anifowoshe.

Still, the experience of fasting in the USA are dramatically different from his native Nigeria, Anifowoshe where the call to prayer echoes from mosques and people walking the streets, singing and shouting to alert others to wake up and eat before sunrise. Here are a few changes to the general public and the atmosphere requires more personal power, an additional challenge during long fasts, he said.

Moussa Cemal Süreya Makine, 31, had hoped his enthusiasm for Ramadan will the energy through the long days and nights as he helps customers in West gray cleaning then commutes in Center of Islamic Da'wah Center for an evening of food, prayer and reflection until near midnight. He expects to nightly sleep about four hours before he wakes up to eat and then take the shuttle for one day handling clothes and customers.

"The month of Ramadan, it is very difficult, but we need to challenge yourself," said Cemal Süreya, an immigrant from Chad.

Gant, the engineer, is planning to maintain the same operation with pre-dawn of lunch tenekedaki, bananas, and a lot of water. You will also receive changes from oil changes and checks in order to refresh himself, washing his face or taking time out to pray in an Office of the brake.
Still, working in the heat without a possibility of hydration can be unhealthy, said Omar Shishakly, 30, a registered dietician working throughout Houston.

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