Friday, April 22, 2011

Cheating God with the sun.

This may be a mute issue for some or even most, but the time in Egypt (as in the national clock) needs serious feels out of whack with the rest of the world.

The first call to prayer is about 4 am and the sun comes up at 5 am. Egyptians are nocturnal people so the call to prayer and sunrise is about mid-sleep for them. This doesn't make sense. The sun is up almost 2 hours after we awake and this seems like part of the day is already gone. There will be no day light savings this year...there was day light savings last year; in fact twice to accommodate for the holy month of Ramadan...this seemed like cheating to change the clock so that sunset occurs earlier. Some of my students sleep all day they wake up an hour or two before sunset...this is definitely trying to pull one over on Allah. Hey, the rules say "nothing can touch the mouth during the sun light hours" so technically they are fasting while sleeping. 

I'm sure several Muslims would move south of the equator during Ramadan if they could.  

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