Re: Moslems in the arctic (was: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Todd A. Farmerie (taf2@po.CWRU.Edu)
15 Oct 1995 03:12:09 GMT

In a previous article, (Joel Rubin) says:

>In article <45omh3$>, says...
>>During Ramadan, Moslems must fast during the day but may eat
>>at night. This must be pretty rough on Moslems near the arctic
>>circle when Ramadan happens to fall in mid-summer.
>I should assume that if it ever came up, as with most religious codes of laws,
>they would find some way around it. After all, surely suicide is a worse sin
>under Islam than breaking a fast. (It is illegal under Jewish law to risk
>one's life by fasting on Yom Kippur.)
I cannot cite chapter and verse, but remember reading verses in the Koran
that specifically address whether strict adherence to the dietary laws is
required under conditions of potential starvation. Basically, its the
thought that counts, and a starving man need not look a gift pig in the
mouth if that is all that is available.