Pulling a fast one this Ramadan: 14 ways out of this starving summer!
There are more ways than one to skip the fasting this Ramadan if you're so-inclined to opt out of the Holy Month's hunger habit.
Ramadan isn’t as easy as ABC, especially for non-practising Muslims who prefer to pick n mix while living it up on the wild side for the other 11 “free” months of the year, away from the religious rigmarole that preside over this holy month. But for the arguably lucky some, there are actually many legitimate excuses which can get you off the hook during the month long period of purging. Continue reading below »
If your fasting's not your cup of tea, or your Ramadan club membership has expired by the time you reach adulthood, you can swap it for one of our Get Out of Jail cards, leaving you set to munch your way through the Holy Month Scott-free!
But remember, if you’re not going to be abstaining from eating and drinking during the daylight hours, you could still partake in the Ramadan spirit by signing up for the mellow yet merry month. No pressure, but you’re expected to manifest exemplary behaviour through charity, good deeds, modest dress, kindness and prayers. By the end of the month, you can expect to feel self-reformed and spiritually-cleansed. Trade your yoga retreat in for this annual fasting fixture and consider yourself in the zen zone.
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Or, you could just avoid all the excuses, fight the urge to lie, and stand up to those holier-than-thou who attack you (verbally) for not fasting. After all, Islam is not supposed to throw people in “jail” for not fasting and its tenets are built on tolerance and choice, so perhaps by playing it pro-choice, others can learn a lesson or two from you about Islam! Of course, for the practicing and die-hard devout, bailing is not an option - as fasting is one of five pillars or must-do's for being a Muslim.
With that being said, here’s our top tips n tricks on how to break your fast guilt-free! Non-practicing, or out-of-practice, Muslims, take a page out of this panel of hacks, cheats and valid exemptions. Enjoy the legit to the more flippant and 'lame', or pure flippant, courtesy of liberties taken to tickle your fancies and dog-chewed-my-homework sense of cheekiness - and read on!
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