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is in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The
Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy
Quran, "was sent down from heaven, a guidance
unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means
It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called
the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. Ramadan
is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith
and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday
lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation
the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on
the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to
eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and
sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting.
At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer
and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following
the iftar, it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting
family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning.
good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed
by five things - the telling of a lie, slander, denouncing
someone behind his back, a false oath, greed or covetousness.
Ramadan, it is common for Muslims to go to the Masjid
(Mosque) and spend several hours praying and studying
the Quran. In addition to the five daily prayers,
during Ramadan Muslims recite a special prayer called
the Taraweeh prayer (Night Prayer). The length of
this prayer is usually 2-3 times as long as the daily
prayers. Some Muslims spend the entire night in prayer.
the evening of the 27th day of the month, Muslims
celebrate the Laylat-al-Qadr (the Night of Power).
It is believed that on this night Muhammad first received
the revelation of the Holy Quran, and according to
the Quran, this is when God determines the course
of the world for the following year.
the fast ends (the first day of the month of Shawwal)
it is celebrated for three days in a holiday called
Id-al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast Breaking). Gifts are
exchanged and friends and family gather to pray in
congregation and for large meals.
first day of Ramadan will be 27th October Africa,
Australia and Americas, and on 28th October for Japan,
Northern Asia, and most of Europe.
Chris & Remo on the birth of their beautiful
baby girl -
Alia Sophie Pinana - born on 18th October 2003,
measuring 50cm and weighing 3.5kg.
Birth in Cairo
by Chris Cyr
of my biggest fears: scenario - stuck in a typical taxi
with a crazy, tea drinking, horn honking taxi driver
in full-out Cairo traffic while in labour!
After relocating temporarily from Hurghada to Cairo
in order to give birth, luckily my fears were not realized
... "Hello, is this Blue
Cabs?" "Yes, I need a taxi to the hospital
please". "2 hours. No, I think my wife might
deliver by then". The dispatcher replies, "Oh,
I see, I'm sorry, all I can say is best wishes."
Husband looking for taxi on the road, receives call,
"Hi, this is Blue Cabs calling. Listen, I have
4 kids and I know what you are going through. I will
be there myself in 15 minutes".
Many thanks to the owner of Blue Cabs for safely and
calmly transporting us in his own family car (complete
with baby seats) to the hospital. Also many thanks to
the nursing staff at El Nada Hospital in Manyal for
their care, professionalism and attention. Thanks Dr.
Ehab Solimon and his team of efficient, professional
and entertaining staff for safely delivering our daughter,
taking good care of us all and for the anatomy lesson
for my husband! Thanks to our families and friends for
their care and best wishes - thanks for being there
and reaching out to us. Mom, we appreciate your help
more than you know!
Finally ... thanks to Alia, for coming into our lives.
Dance School - Children's Exercice Classes
3rd Floor, Kottas West Side
Mall, opposite Marlin Inn Hotel, Hurghada.
note, times may change during Ramadan.
For more information contact: Alla 012 221 2394
26th -28th October 2003
Marine Biology Seminar (in German)
Dr. Peter van Treek
Different reef types, feeding habits of coral,
reef check. Theory and diving
180 Euro (incl. 6 dives)
you are interested, please contact us by email
or telephone 012 239 4784
& Kids Guide
(Lantern) is just pure fun for the kids, nothing
more. Of all the Islamic countries, fanoos is
most common in Egypt, as part of the culture,
a tradition that goes back all the way to the
reign of the Fatimid Caliphate. The night before
Ramadan, the Caliph* would go outside to look
for the moon signaling the beginning of the month
of Ramadan. The children of the town would go
out with the Caliph and light the way for him.
Each child would carry a fanoos and sing songs
to welcome in the new month of Ramadan.
white or different coloured construction paper. Use
a stencil or trace the shape of the lantern.
using white paper colour the fanoos red, yellow,
blue, green, purple, gold, or silver. Every section
of the fanoos should have a different bright colour.
Alternatively, make all the sections of the fanoos
from different colour construction paper and glue
them together on a cardboard backing so they can
be hung on a string.
you prefer, you can trace a 3D model and colour
it in. Fold one half onto the other to complete
the circle and transform it into a stand alone
fanoos. Glue the fanoos on a base of cardboard
to make it easy to stand.
- A leader of Islam, the title literally means
the successor to Mohammed.
- BMW 530i, 1988 (new model "1990"),
full option, tax free car, technical and optical
in a very good condition, 4500 Euro. Please
contact : Chris 012 380 1551 email@example.com
- Chevrolet Blazer - 1975 Build - Reconditioned
Engine & Gearbox - Engine 1986 - V8 - Model
305 - 5 Litre. 25.000 LE. For more information
please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for Sale in Abu Tig
Marina (front line), El Gouna. For more information
please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or email@example.com
4 beautiful red kittens - one month old - two
girls, two boys - are looking for a home. Please
contact 012 444 3652.
Situated opposite Sultan Beach Hotel, Hurghada.
22 square metres. Fully furnished. Reasonable
monthly rent. Please contact: 010 520 8368.
for rent. Located in
Old Vic, Hurghada. Next to Marriott Hotel
with private beach. Three bedroom, three bathroom,
kitchen, balcony overlooking the sea, living
room and sattelite television. Fully furnished
with A/C. Beach 20m away from terrace. Long
and short term rental. Please contact: Tamim
M. Kaddah 010 140 2878, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- two bedrooms, two bathrooms, American-style
kitchen , livingroom, private roof terrace,
air-conditioning and a lot more. Location -
EL GOUNA, Abu Tig New Marina Town. For long-term
rent. Please contact: Gamal Nassif email@example.com
PADI Instructor wanted
for small but busy dive center in Hurghada.
Good conditions offferd and friendly working
environment. Please contact:
Mark or Andy, Gulf Divers 012 221 9936.
wanted to work part-time, 6 days a week. If
you can recommend someone please call : Hurghada
wanted for a new office in Segalla, Hurghada.
Flexible hours. German and English essential.
Please contact: Salah 012 735 8650
for a FOOTBALL-TRAINER
!!! We are 10 international boys between 6 and
10 years of age who play football once a week.
Is there anybody in Hurghada who loves to play
football and would like to coach us, show us
some tricks, tell us the rules and have fun
with us on the football court? We all speak
English and Arabic and we are very enthusiastic
about learning great football. Please call 444925
or 012 224 4041
for a Music teacher.
Samir (7 years) and Junis (almost
5 years) are looking for someone nice who loves
music and kids. We would love to learn drums
and/or guitar once a week. Just call our mum
Kiki: 444925 or 012 224 4041
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