Muslims' Ramadan fast will be in Augu...

Muslims' Ramadan fast will be in August heat

There are 22 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 29, 2011, titled Muslims' Ramadan fast will be in August heat. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Muslims pray in Allahabad, India, during a previous Ramadan. In North America, the Islamic holy month this year begins on Monday.

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okay

Sunbury, OH

#2 Jul 29, 2011
My daughter used to play soccer with a Muslim girl. I felt so bad for her during this time because she was not allowed to have water during soccer practices or games. I don't know why you would want to risk your child's health like this.
Andimi

Columbus, OH

#3 Jul 29, 2011
According to the article, " Ramadhan brings you closer to God." I like the idea: however, I would like it to be observed all year round. That wiould make Muslims always closer to God everyday. The peace dividends from fasting all year round would make a billion people (Muslims all over the world), the most peace loving people. Doing that, it might force the followers of Yeshua (Jesus)begin to fast and the whole world would be turned into a "paradise." Why not turn our home (planet earth) into an all year long paradise!
common SENSE

Columbus, OH

#4 Jul 29, 2011
And this is a news story why?
PRIVATE religious beliefs do NOT deserve a front page news story.
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 29, 2011
Any religion that requires you to put your heath at risk is questionable. Whether lent for catholics of this for muslims, use common sense.
what_huh

Columbus, OH

#12 Jul 29, 2011
hmm...ramadan begins aug 1st. I wonder if it has anything to do with obama's arbitrary debt ceiling vote date of Aug 2nd?
XYZ

Navsari, India

#15 Jul 29, 2011
Why to do fast in name of GOD.
Mathew

Westerville, OH

#20 Jul 29, 2011
Well, here's a radical idea--they could just NOT fast. Up to them.
Gunny Sarge

Hilliard, OH

#25 Jul 29, 2011
Who cares?
Grandma

Columbus, OH

#28 Jul 29, 2011
I wish the article had clarified that if a person's health is at risk, like someone with diabetis or a pregnent woman, you don't fast but you pay for a day's meals to the poor for each day. Children don't have to fast but many want to. Not sure why this is a front page article on line. In the print version of the Dispatch it is on a page reserved for relgion on Fridays.
N D Know

Washington, DC

#31 Jul 29, 2011
My spouse is Muslim, and gets grouchy and sick each year from doing this. I'm afraid for the health of all Muslims during this hot, humid weather. But, I guess I shouldn't because they believe they'll go to Heaven if they die doing this.
a feature

Columbus, OH

#32 Jul 29, 2011
common SENSE: This isn't news, it's a feature. Maybe you've never seen a newspaper before, but a feature is a story focusing on a particular aspect of the world because it's interesting or unique. Features tend to be among the most well-read stories in newspapers.
The story was interesting to me and probably to many other people who have open minds and are curious about others' religious beliefs.
ima idiott

United States

#34 Jul 29, 2011
now I know exactly why I am an atheist. Religions suck! Period. And all you stupid people that do what some book tells you to do need to wake up, think opening and for yourself. My goodness, don't you know good from bad, right from wrong. Sure you do. And you ignorant people that pass on this crap to your children - how terrible. No one breaks the cycle. I wouldn't give you a hoot or a holler for any religion on the face of this earth. If I need someone to help me out I will go to the nearest bar and almost everyone in there would help me. And I am not talking about clubs where yuppies go.
Have a nice day, sport
Asif

Reynoldsburg, OH

#36 Jul 29, 2011
common SENSE wrote:
And this is a news story why?
PRIVATE religious beliefs do NOT deserve a front page news story.
The Columbus Dispatch covers Lent/Easter with the same verve. And people like you shout "Why is this being covered?" then just as loudly as you do now. The funny thing about the internet is every story can be front page. In the printed Dispatch this would have been Page 1 Section D. If you are troubled by articles on faith perhaps you should be more selective in your reading.
ima idiott

United States

#37 Jul 29, 2011
N D Know wrote:
My spouse is Muslim, and gets grouchy and sick each year from doing this. I'm afraid for the health of all Muslims during this hot, humid weather. But, I guess I shouldn't because they believe they'll go to Heaven if they die doing this.
then muslims are so self centered and so almighty caring about themselves and that's a fact. Look, humans, you don't know, I don't know nor does anyone know what happens to "almighty you" when you die. I would imagine the same thing that happens to a horse or an elephant or a gorilla. Listen to me carefully:
"If I am, death is not - If death is, I am not. How can I be afraid of something that cannot exist when I do?"
ima idiott

United States

#38 Jul 29, 2011
In other words people you can never know death, you can only know life.
life is for the living
start and keep on living
then you may go to sleep for billions of years
you will have deserved it
Kelly

New York, NY

#39 Jul 29, 2011
DrC Ohio wrote:
Any religion that requires you to put your heath at risk is questionable. Whether lent for catholics of this for muslims, use common sense.
Lenten practices do NOT put your health at risk. During this 40 day period, Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays and only fast for a few days. In today's glutinous culture, maybe we should all do this occasionally.
Asif

Reynoldsburg, OH

#40 Jul 29, 2011
DrC Ohio wrote:
Any religion that requires you to put your heath at risk is questionable. Whether lent for catholics of this for muslims, use common sense.
I will agree with you about health concerns of Ramadan but Lent places fewer physical demands on its practicers. A reduction in food intake is counseled but is left to the individual. Certain foods are to be abstained from on particular days of Lent but others may be substituted; eating fish instead of meat for instance. Health considerations of the very young and the elderly are taken into account and exemptions are allowed. Many, instead of viewing Lent as a time of giving up and doing without, use it as a time of giving more of themselves by volunteering their time to help others.
cortana

Dayton, OH

#41 Jul 29, 2011
Kelly wrote:
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In today's glutinous culture, maybe we should all do this occasionally.
I know we like cereal grains in our culture, but I don't think there's enough gluten in me to call me glutinous. I do get sticky in the summer though.
British muslim

Walsall, UK

#47 Jul 31, 2011
Mathew wrote:
Well, here's a radical idea--they could just NOT fast. Up to them.
Lol, no one asked you to care, but you cared enough to reply :) everyone's belief is their own and everyone should respect all.

Ramadan mubarak to all.
dont ask dont smell

Columbus, OH

#48 Jul 31, 2011
I don't understand this custom, nor do I care to. If that's what they wish to do. so be it. At least it's not inflicting hate or pain on someone else.

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