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November 18, 2004

A Joke and a Reminder


No, this isn’t referring to some of you… hehe. Since this is my atonement week for medical school, ie, the week wherein I need to atone for 2 1/2 weeks of slacking off during Ramadan, I don’t have much time to write an original post. Though I have some ideas: the long-awaited and overdue post that bashes on liberal Muslims (and their new movement that’s about to launch), the similarity between women and bonzai trees, and a couple of Subhanallah lessons (I think I’ll do that one before the week is up since it correlates to what I’m studying).


First for the reminder for myself and everyone: add the icing to the cake–fast 6 days in Shawwal to add a solid finish to fasting in Ramadan. This begs the question, why fast 6 days? Why not 5, 10 or more? A hadith in the collection of Imam Bukhari reads that the Prophet said (paraphrased): ” Whosoever observes the Ramadan fast and follows it up with 6 days of fasting in Shawwal, it’s as if he fasted the whole year.” What’s interesting is the Prophet uses the word “dahr”, which our scholars have interpreted as a “year” (in this particular usage); some of them even have said it means “eternity” year, as it is used in the Qur’an in certain verses, such as when the disbelievers say that “…and nothing shall destroy us except dahr (eternity)”. Anyway, why 6? Considering there’s another Qur’anic verse that says good deeds are multiplied by 10 (also in hadith), fasting 30 days in Ramadan is like having fasted 300 days. Adding another 6 days of fasting is like adding 60 days to the 300, making it 360, the equivalent of a year. Another opinion is that the 6 days of fasting correspond to the 6 “days” of creation of the universe, and fasting those 6 days correlates well with that. Either way, let’s try to fast 6 days in Shawwal inshallah. Also, if you have any fasts to make up, you have to complete those first before moving onto these extra-credit ones.


The Joke:


A Highway Patrolman waited outside a popular local bar, hoping
for a bust. At closing time, as everyone come out he spotted his
potential quarry.

The man was so obviously inebriated that he could barely walk. He
stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, looking for
his car. After trying his keys on five other cars, he finally
found his own vehicle.

He sat in the car a good ten minutes, as the other patrons left.
He turned his lights on, then off, wipers on, then off. He
started to pull forward into the grass, then stopped. Finally,
when he was the last car, he pulled out onto the road and started
to drive away.

The patrolman, waiting for this, turned on his lights and pulled
the man over. He administered the breathalyzer test, and to his
great surprise, the man blew a 0.00.

The patrolman was dumbfounded. “This equipment must be broken!”
exclaimed the patrolman.

“I doubt it,” said the man, “Tonight I’m the designated decoy!”

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One Comment
  1. Eid mubarak! 6 Days of fasting in Shawwal, in the words of Ali ‘Tall’ : SOLID.

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