Ramadan

Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007

This was sent to us by our superintendent in regards to Ramadan. It may start on Wednesday or Thursday. Thought you might find this interesting...

As you know, the month of Ramadan is scheduled to begin next week.
Many of our Muslim students and colleagues will abstain from food,
drink, and cigarettes from sunrise until sunset.

For the rest of us, please be sensitive to our fasting friends. There
is no expectation that you will fast, but you will want to consider
whether to eat, drink, or smoke in front those who are fasting.

Our school routines remain pretty much the same during Ramadan, but we
do make some accommodations.

The MPR will be available to fasting students during lunch and break.
School offices will close at 3:30 PM to allow our staff to go home
and prepare for iftar, the breaking of the fast.
The late busses will leave early. From the first day of Ramadan late
busses will leave at 4:10 instead of 4:40 (coaches and club advisors,
please dismiss students in time to meet this deadline).
Even our Board meeting time changes. September's meeting begins at 4:00.

In terms of day to day life:
- All restaurants and hotels serving food and beverages will remain
closed during the fasting hours (dawn to sunset). Some restaurants
may be open for take-out only during the fasting hours. Only those
establishments catering exclusively to tourists are exempted from this
order.

- Establishments serving alcohol, including bars in restaurants, will
remain closed throughout Ramadan. Foreign tourists may be served in
their hotel rooms.

- Eating and smoking in public, especially in the streets and in
buses, cars, or any other transport vehicle, are discouraged.

- Dressing in a manner inconsistent with Islamic norms is strongly
discouraged. Please dress conservatively.

- The official working hours for Jordanian government offices,
ministries, etc. will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday through
Thursday, except for departments whose work requires different
arrangements.

All this is not to portray Ramadan as nothing more than an
infringement on our daily routines. While there are inconveniences,
the purpose of Ramadan is to help all of us be more aware of the
blessing we have throughout the year. Indeed, especially for us
non-Jordanians, Ramadan is a unique religious and cultural event that
we are privileged to be a part of, even from a distance.

Ramadan Karim,
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