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US personnel in Bahrain prepare for Ramadan
Stars and Stripes ^ | June 26, 2014 | Hendrick Simoes

Posted on 06/29/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Ali Hassan, a cultural adviser at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, gives a presentation about Islam, the Islamic lunar calender, and about customs and traditions during Ramadan. About 150 personnel at the Bahrain base attended the briefing on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

MANAMA, Bahrain — U.S. personnel accustomed to drinking their coffee on the drive to work will have to put that habit on hold for about a month. It’s one of a few lifestyle changes Americans will have to make during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Officials expect Ramadan to begin at sunrise on Saturday, depending on when the new moon is sighted. The holy month lasts for approximately 30 days — until about July 28. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a month of fasting and devotion to God. Most Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, when families gather for Iftar — the meal that breaks the fast.

For the 8,200 U.S. personnel living here, and those serving throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility — including servicemembers, civilian personnel, contractors and family members — the month may require changing some daily routines.

Businesses and government offices will reduce hours and most restaurants will be closed during daylight hours.

While not required to fast during Ramadan, in Bahrain, Americans can be fined or detained by local authorities for eating, drinking or smoking in public when off-base during daylight hours.

Navy officials are requiring U.S. personnel to dress more conservatively off-base during Ramadan. Although not a requirement by Bahraini authorities, the Navy is demanding that men wear long-sleeved shirts and women wear sleeved blouses that cover their elbows. Also, men must wear long trousers, and women should wear pants or skirts that cover the knees.

Base cultural advisers have spent the last few weeks conducting Ramadan briefs to educate Americans about the holy month. Ali Hassan briefed about 150 personnel Tuesday about Islam, the lunar calendar and customs and traditions during Ramadan.

“It actually made me want to do a lot more research into the religion,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Ramirez. He said the additional requirements during the month aren’t a big deal to him. “For such a small period of time, it’s a small sacrifice,” he said.

Other servicemembers echoed that sentiment.

Hassan encouraged personnel to experience Iftar in a Ramadan tent, many of which are set up at various locations around Bahrain during the holy month and welcome non-Muslims.

“Make it a point to visit these tents while you’re here. You don’t know if you’ll ever come back to Bahrain in the future,” Hassan said during the brief.

While the tents offer a more traditional atmosphere, many restaurants put aside their regular menus during the month and serve special Iftar dinners.

Things to Know During Ramadan

◾ Eating, drinking, chewing and smoking in public are civil offenses in some Islamic countries.

◾ Men should wear long sleeves and pants. Women’s sleeves should extend below the elbow and pants or skirts should cover the knees.

◾ Avoid critical remarks about fasting or any religious practice.

◾ Most restaurants will be closed except those in 4- and 5-star hotels.

◾ Businesses alter and reduce hours during the day; some open at night until early morning hours.

◾ Arabs are good hosts and may offer you food or refreshments during daylight hours. Such offers should be declined.

◾ All consumption of alcohol by U.S. military personnel is prohibited at any off base public venue in the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility during Ramadan.

◾ It’s customary to say ‘Ramadan Kareem’ during Ramadan.

TOPICS: Government; Local News; Military/Veterans; Religion
KEYWORDS: islam; military; navy; ramadan; ramadantraining

1 posted on 06/29/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you want to observe ramadan that’s your business. Don’t make others participate in it. How many moslems are forced to participate in Hanuka?

2 posted on 06/29/2014 12:42:20 AM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Islamic lunatic calender.

3 posted on 06/29/2014 12:46:20 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Kind of like ,lets celebrate TET

4 posted on 06/29/2014 12:54:47 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs; NFHale; ...
Arabs are good hosts and may offer you food or refreshments during daylight hours. Such offers should be declined.

WTF? They can fine you for eating or for drinking coffee in your own car but they're gonna offer you food to tempt you? WTF is that?

5 posted on 06/29/2014 1:23:08 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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I’m guessing it’s like the mormon gal that had a coffee maker in her house and would make me coffee. “The Elders can go to hell if they think me being a proper host is a sin!”

Of course in Bahrain, the “elders” just might lop somebody’s hand (or head) off. In fact, the young grand-daughter of our mormon friend is over there flying ... XXXXXXX redacted...XXXXXX. But it prompted a search on Bahrain - some pretty fancy and modern buildings.

I guess if they allow us to keep our military base there, we can put up with some of their customs. A few years ago there were riots, burning buildings, etc. with some of the locals calling for the base to be removed. I imagine they don’t want to provoke something like that again either.

6 posted on 06/29/2014 1:38:51 AM PDT by 21twelve ( 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sort of hoping Israel nukes Iran to celebrate rama dama ding dong.

7 posted on 06/29/2014 2:59:14 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Ray76

How many Moslem military personnel are guests of the Israeli government during Hanukkah?

8 posted on 06/29/2014 4:09:53 AM PDT by X Fretensis
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To: Ray76

They are just yet ring to keep the troops out of trouble.
The locals are cranky enough during Ramalamadingdong.
It is the host country. If they kick us out the 5 th Fleet has a problem and trust me, the locals already prefer Iran to us.

9 posted on 06/29/2014 4:17:39 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll celebrate Ramadan with a pig roast, cold beer and fire pit fueled by korans.

10 posted on 06/29/2014 4:48:41 AM PDT by maddog55 (A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.)
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To: Impy; hockeyfan44
From today's sports section: Morello admonishes Cubs Because Theo Epstein’s last-place Chicago Cubs roll into town tomorrow for a three-game set, it’s a good time to be reminded that other city’s fan bases do still have a great deal of angst that they are struggling to cope with, or rage against, as the case may be. Rocker Tom Morello, the lead guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and lately a touring band member for Bruce Springsteen, used his 50th year to have an entertaining diatribe on the Cubs’ failures printed in Rolling Stone magazine. Fed up without a World Series in his lifetime or his grandmother’s, Morello aired it out with a “seven-point program to end Chicago’s century of misery,” excerpted here: •    1. The Cubs must have the highest payroll in Major League Baseball until they win the World Series. . . . •    2. No petulant superstars. . . . •    3. The booing ends now. . . . •    4. Zero tolerance for racism. . . . •     5. This is not a job, this is a quest. (This was directed to the players: “The hopes, hearts and fate of a city’s soul rest in your hands.”) . . . •    6. The Curse is real. “We talk about it, we joke about it, but until we can wrap our heads around the fact that this Curse, or some form of mass-negative, human-energy vortex which functions in a Curse-like manner, is, in fact, REAL, then it will forever have the better of us.” . . . •      7. Truth and consequences. . . . This is where Morello calls for a boycott. “Unless this plan is adopted by Cub’s ownership, we let our voices be heard and next year, we skip Opening Day,” he writes. “Imagine that. Opening Day at Wrigley Field and an empty stadium. Now you have their attention.” He concludes: “. . . we will no longer be the passive partner in this abusive relationship. We have needs too, ya know? But we also have power and we won’t be silent anymore. Why? Because we love this team. Because we love Chicago. Because we deserve a World Series championship. Because it matters.”
11 posted on 06/29/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: GOPsterinMA

The Dutch beat Mexico! Robben flopped to get that penalty kick but it made up for an earlier terrible no call.

12 posted on 06/29/2014 11:03:01 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Yes and yes!!!

13 posted on 06/29/2014 11:59:13 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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