Lessons I learnt today:
- Don’t go to the gym 2 hours before iftar
- Don’t have a whole (huge) bag of crisps for iftar (among other things!!)
- Don’t forget to change the time on my phone so that I miss suhour
So, I’m back in Holland! I’m glad to be back, although I of course am missing Cairo like crazy. I think what I miss the most are the taraweeh prayers (extra prayers during Ramadan). I went to this amazing mosque near my house, where the imam had the most beautiful voice. It was so refreshing doing taraweeh – it’s the first Ramadan I do them and I really, really enjoyed it. Despite all the women who would every night without fail find something to complain about – an askew veil, nailpolish, kids, not praying in a straight line – you name it, they complained about it – even during the actual prayer. Literally no one was safe.
An interesting thing I noted is that many of the men praying would pray in the tightest trousers/have their boxers hanging out/be wearing see-through gallabiyas (long Egyptian dress for men). This meant that we women were constantly praying behind men who were dressed inappropriately. Now, I found a way to concentrate (since I’m not an animal and I don’t need men to cover themselves completely in order for me to connect with God). However, I’m sure if it had been the women praying in front of men dressed like that, it would have been complete and utter chaos. In fact it may even have brought on the apocalypse (followed by the Day of Judgement when one would hope all those men would be made to feel silly about their over-reaction). Not only would men have started a huge problem, but I’m sure most of the women would have joined in as well (feminism, anyone?).
I’m sure many people are thinking about the whole male-sex-drive-is-much-stronger-and-so-men-really-can’t-control themselves argument. I haven’t researched the scientific side of this yet, so I don’t know if the male and female sex drives are actually different. What I do know is that women are taught to repress their sex drives whereas men are taught that they can’t control their sex drives so why even try? I also know that patriarchy has time and again found “scientific” ways of backing up sexual inequality.
What do you guys think? And how’s Ramadan going for those fasting?