Ramadan has something to offer all faiths

I have not fasted for many long years, yet certain aspects of the spirit of Ramadan still inspire my faithless bones.

By KHALED DIAB
September 3, 2011 02:15
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Muslims shop for Ramadan decorations in Jerusalem.

Muslims shop for Ramadan decorations in Jerusalem.. (photo credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)

 
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Ramadan is when Muslims fast and feast, but the holy month has something to offer those of other faiths, or of no particular faith.

Ramadan has a tendency to bend space and time. For those participating in the fast, especially in the summer, the daytime hours crawl by like a snail on tranquilizers, while daily routines are like running a marathon through a desert of thirst. In contrast, nights are transformed into veritable days, with cafés and restaurants bursting at the seams late into the night, especially in my hometown of Cairo.

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