HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) — Houston’s heat wave, a trial for all residents, will be a special challenge for Muslims observing Ramadan, which began Monday.
During the holy month, food and drink, even water, is forbidden during daylight, which is 14 to 15 hours because it is midsummer. Ramadan follows a lunar calendar and moves back through the year by about 11 days annually.
“I’ve been concerned about it. It’s going to be hot outside, and I’m not going to get that much water,” auto mechanic Yahya Gant told the Houston Chronicle.
Dr. Imran Mohiuddin, a vascular surgeon at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, will keep working through the fast, but it won’t be easy.
He is often operating at sunset. Instead of stopping for his first meal in more than 14 hours, he will have a nurse give him a cup of water and then continue operating, he said.
“The month of Ramadan is very hard, but you have to challenge yourself,” said Moussa Makine Sabit, an immigrant from Chad who expects to get only four hours’ sleep nightly between evening prayer sessions and his job at a dry cleaner’s.