Giving Fasting a Go

In the end I decided that if the roles were reversed and my host brother went to church with me and started taking communion, I would probably momentarily go, Whoa, what are you doing?  (Just like I suspect they did)

I went out to the mosque the other night to inaugurate the beginning of Ramadan.  I decided to give fasting a go this year.  Below is a picture of me at the mosque watching everyone pray.  Last year, I went through the whole praying procedure with them, but this year I decided it was best to just watch.  When I prayed with them before, the whole time I would think, I wonder what they think of me doing this.  In the end I decided that if the roles were reversed and my host brother went to church with me and started taking communion, I would probably momentarily go, Whoa, what are you doing?  (Just like I suspect they did)           

  Image You know, before I came here I had the impression that Islam was a very strict religion.  So the first time I actually went to the mosque and watched them pray it kind of shocked me a little.  I’m used to a very solemn, bow your head, and almost whisper the prayer.  But these guys shout out the prayer; there’s a lot of emotion behind it.  It’s like they’re sticking their fist in the air and saying “Yeah, you go God!”  Like somebody just scored a touchdown or something.  There’s a lot of horseplay going on too.  Teenagers are back there smacking themselves in the back of the head and then acting like they didn’t do anything, knocking the hats off each other’s heads, karate kicking each other, etc.  This is a picture of some of the instigators. 

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