NY: Muslims Looking Forward to Ramadan



For people who are fasting from sunrise to sunset, dinner takes on an added
significance.

"The best part of Ramadan is getting together every night," said Skendar
Dedovics of Dongan Hills. "One night you go to one house, the next night to
another family. Dinners every day are at a different house."

Ramadan, the month that marks the anniversary of the revelation of the
Quran to the Prophet Muhammad, will begin next week. All able-bodied, adult
Muslims around the world -- except pregnant women -- will fast for 30 days,
abstaining not only from food, but also from water, cigarettes and, for
married couples, sexual relations.

By all accounts, the sacrifice asked of Muslims is a small one.

"The first few days are hard, but you get used to it," Dedovic said as he
sliced meat in his Stapleton store, Dinora's Halal Meat Market.

Working around food all day presents its own challenges, said Dedovic, a
native of Montenegro, Yugoslavia.

"The first few days, it's like you want to pick and put something in your
mouth," he said.

"Maybe the first day I get a little bit of a headache," from being cut off
from coffee, Eddy Rid, a Brooklyn resident who works at Charma Superette in
St. George.

Miliha Deda, who owns Emil's Halal Meat Market in Tompkinsville, said
customers are treated with special care during this month.

"We try to be very nice to our people during Ramadan," Mrs. Deda said.
"They're not smoking, there's no coffee, they're getting hungry. We try to
take very good care of them..."

 


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