Monthly Archives: August 2012

Spending my 31st Birthday in KSA

August 25th was my 31st birthday.  My housemate arranged for a friend to come over for dinner on Friday the 24th.  She was going to make a roast.  Just before dinner I was called to the friends house to upload … Continue reading

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Gallivanting during Ramadan

How could I forget the funnest part about Ramadan, other than gallivanting of course!   During this sacred time of the year restaurants offer special services to their guests.  After finishing a lovely Armenian dinner with friends, a young man came … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak

Eid-ul-Fatr is the first day after Ramadan when fasting has finished.  Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”.   The festivities and religious significance are similar to Christmas at home. The greeting for Eid is Eid Mubarak which … Continue reading

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Ramadan Kareem

 Ramadan decorations Ramadan has just finished and Saudi society is currently celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr, shortened to Eid.   The exact start of Ramadan and of Eid depends on the sighting of the new moon.  Ramadan lasts for an entire cycle of the … Continue reading

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Salah & the Call to Prayer

Minarets used for call to prayer are a signature feature on most mosques. Some mosques have extra loud speakers situated high to ensure the call to prayer is heard loud and clear.  It is very loud.  I use to wake … Continue reading

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  Left: We had a Canada day celebration at the hospital.  One of the Doctors who is Canadian hosted it.  There were eight of us there, 4 people were originally immigrants from other countries who now have Canadian citizenship.  It … Continue reading

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The 5 Pillars of Islam

1) Shahadah Declaration of faith that there is only one God and that Mohammed is God’s messenger.  Islam is a monotheistic religion which does not accept any type of idol worship. 2) Salah or Prayer Prayer occurs 5 times a … Continue reading

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