The Red Sea Newsletter Issue 39
20th October 2003

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Features & Articles

Ramadan

Ramadan 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 of Salvation".

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

During 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.

The 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.

During 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.

On 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.

When 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.

The first day of Ramadan will be 27th October Africa, Australia and Americas, and on 28th October for Japan, Northern Asia, and most of Europe.


Local News

Alia

CONGRATULATIONS !

To Chris & Remo on the birth of their beautiful baby girl -
Alia Sophie Pinana - born on 18th October 2003, measuring 50cm and weighing 3.5kg.

Giving Birth in Cairo
by Chris Cyr

One 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.


What's On

Sabirova Dance School - Children's Exercice Classes
3rd Floor, Kottas West Side Mall, opposite Marlin Inn Hotel, Hurghada.

SUN
MON
TUES
WED
THURS
FRI
SAT

17:00
Ballet

17:30
Karate
17:00
Modern Jazz
17:00
Ballet
17:00
Acrobatics

17:30
Karate

17:00
Modern Jazz
18:00
Acrobatics
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18:00
Acrobatics
18:00
Ballet
18:00
Acrobatics
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18:00
Ballet

Please note, times may change during Ramadan.
For more information contact: Alla 012 221 2394

Orca Diving Center

26th -28th October 2003
Marine Biology Seminar (in German)


Referents:
Dr. Peter van Treek
Michael Eisinger
Markus Paster
Universität Essen

Program: Different reef types, feeding habits of coral, reef check. Theory and diving

Costs: 180 Euro (incl. 6 dives)

If you are interested, please contact us by email or telephone 012 239 4784


Parents & Kids Guide

Make a Fanoos

Fanoos (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.

Use white or different coloured construction paper. Use a stencil or trace the shape of the lantern.

If 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.

If 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.

*Caliph - A leader of Islam, the title literally means the successor to Mohammed.


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For Sale/Rent
Car for Sale - 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 elgouna@waterski.com
Car for Sale - 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 roberta@abutig-marina.com

Apartment for Sale in Abu Tig Marina (front line), El Gouna. For more information please contact: Roberta 012 2223573 or roberta@abutig-marina.com

Kittens for FREE. 4 beautiful red kittens - one month old - two girls, two boys - are looking for a home. Please contact 012 444 3652.
Shop for rent. Situated opposite Sultan Beach Hotel, Hurghada. 22 square metres. Fully furnished. Reasonable monthly rent. Please contact: 010 520 8368.

Villa 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: tamimk@ie-eg.com.

Apartment for rent - 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 gamalnassif1@hotmail.com
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Native French speaking 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.

Cleaner wanted to work part-time, 6 days a week. If you can recommend someone please call : Hurghada 447 309
Part-time Office Assistant wanted for a new office in Segalla, Hurghada.
Flexible hours. German and English essential. Please contact: Salah 012 735 8650
Looking 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
Looking 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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