Cost of Ramadan needs to be counted

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MPA (400+ posts)

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Islam is a demanding religion requiring a considerable amount of time and effort on the part of believers to fulfil duties of worship. The core duties are known as the “five pillars of Islam”, the most burdensome of which is the fourth pillar, the injunction to fast during daylight hours (whereby no food, drink, smoking, or sexual activity is permitted) during the lunar month of Ramadan, that is, 29 or 30 days. This is necessarily a debilitating requirement, whose health and economic impacts can be significant (children, the ill and elderly are, however, exempted).

There is mounting evidence to show that fasting in the month of Ramadan has a negative effect on health which, in turn, can have an adverse impact on productivity and economic output. Naturally, the longer the time period of fasting, the greater the effect – this is particularly so when Ramadan falls during the summer months in north European countries as at present. The duration of the daily fast in this year’s Ramadan in Britain is about 19 hours.

In regard to health, research by the Dutch academic Reyn van Ewijk points to an array of long-term health problems resulting from Ramadan fasting. Observing the Ramadan fast during pregnancy may cause considerable negative health effects on the offspring, irrespective of the stage of pregnancy in which Ramadan took place. Exposure to fasting before birth is associated with a poorer general health. It also increases a person’s chances of developing symptoms that are indicative of serious health problems such as coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes and, among older people who had been exposed during certain stages of gestation, may lead to anaemia. Occupational health researchers have highlighted various adverse health consequences from severe dehydration including headaches, dizziness and nausea.

In the Muslim world, one word encapsulates the economic reality of Ramadan: “slowdown” – meaning that less work is done and more slowly. An article in Arab News in July 2013 suggested that productivity declines by as much as 35% to 50% as a result of shorter working hours and the change in lifestyle during the month so that decisions and vital meetings are postponed until Ramadan is over.

In an extensive survey, economists Felipe Campante and David Yanagizawa-Drott show that Ramadan fasting has a significant negative effect on output growth in Muslim countries. A survey by Dinar Standard, the growth strategy firm, estimates that in the Organisation of Islamic Conference countries the working day is reduced on average by two hours during the month of Ramadan [PDF]. If we assume 21 working days in a month, this translates to a loss of 42 working hours.

There is no indication that these hours are made up during the rest of the year. If, on average, 1,700 hours are worked during the year, this loss represents a 2.5% reduction in output per year. But productivity also declines not only from the physical strain of fasting but from the disruption to the flow and organisation of work. It is reasonable to assume that decline in productivity would further reduce economic output by at least 3% each year, which represents a significant annual recessionary impact of Ramadan.

It is revealing that OIC countries have never undertaken extensive research to ascertain the precise economic impact of Ramadan on their economies. What is more surprising is that international organisations such as the World Bank, IMF, United Nations Development Programme, have also not carried out this important research; perhaps because of its sensitive nature.

It is sometimes argued that rather than Ramadan having a deleterious effect, it actually increases subjective well-being among Muslims. But the use of subjective well-being with respect to authoritarian doctrines, including religions, ought to be treated with caution (especially under autocratic regimes). This is especially true for Muslim-majority countries where apostasy and blasphemy are simply intolerable. Given this, adherence to the tenets and rituals of the faith is demanded, and shown approval by the family, wider community, and (it is hoped) by the almighty.

To do otherwise risks bringing shame and dishonour to the family, clan, and society at large. So, it naturally follows that when asked about fulfilling religious duties, the believers deem this to be a gracious cause for improving well being even if the duty in question – such as month-long fasting – is demonstrably harmful to the person’s health.

Accordingly, the supposed positive subjective well-being effects of Ramadan are a flawed indicator of genuine well being. Medical science has long made clear that regular intakes of food and drink are a sine qua non for good health and soundness of mind. Given the significant and rising numbers of Muslims living in Britain, it is high time that the issue of the health and economic consequences of Ramadan fasting is given due consideration by national and local governments, businesses and civil society at large.

•Rumy Hasan, University of Sussex, is writing a book on the impact of religion on growth and development in less developed countries

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Muqadas

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
یہ آرٹیکل رومی حسن نے لکھا ہے، جو آرٹیکل کے نیچے دی گئی معلومات کے مطابق ایک کتاب لکھ رہے ہیں
جس کا عنوان ہے "غیر ترقی یافتہ ملکوں پر مذہب کے بد اثرات"۔۔

مجھے یقین ہے یہ صاحب نماز بارے بھی جلد ہی لکھیں گے
آرگومنٹ اس میں بھی یہی ہو گا کہ دن میں ڈیڑھ گھنٹہ نمازوں پر "ضائع" کر دیا جاتا ہے
اور سجدہ و رکوع کرنے سے امراض کمر میں اضافہ ہو رہا ہے
اور وضو میں ہر مسلمان دن میں پانچ بار کتنا پانی ضائع کرتا ہے
وغیرہ وغیرہ

ایسے دانشوروں سے دور رہیں تو بہتر
 

rtabasum2

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
یہ آرٹیکل رومی حسن نے لکھا ہے، جو آرٹیکل کے نیچے دی گئی معلومات کے مطابق ایک کتاب لکھ رہے ہیں
جس کا عنوان ہے "غیر ترقی یافتہ ملکوں پر مذہب کے بد اثرات"۔۔

مجھے یقین ہے یہ صاحب نماز بارے بھی جلد ہی لکھیں گے
آرگومنٹ اس میں بھی یہی ہو گا کہ دن میں ڈیڑھ گھنٹہ نمازوں پر "ضائع" کر دیا جاتا ہے
اور سجدہ و رکوع کرنے سے امراض کمر میں اضافہ ہو رہا ہے
اور وضو میں ہر مسلمان دن میں پانچ بار کتنا پانی ضائع کرتا ہے
وغیرہ وغیرہ

ایسے دانشوروں سے دور رہیں تو بہتر

There is growing fear in Europe of Muslims taking over caz they r multiplying at very fast rate these kind of writers r promoted by the West so they can sow dissent against Islam
 

khan afghan1

Minister (2k+ posts)
Brother simply say that you cannot keep fasting.

We believe in Quran not your bullshit.
Good or bad we have to keep them.

And if you are sick, or travelling or u r weak or any other situation you can't keep fasting then feed the poors.

And you should cut your working hours or go work off but don't say it is bad for ones health
 

hassanrazi

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
Newcastle university recently published a research where it says if you start intermittent fasting for 8-12 weeks, you can cure you type-2 diabetes. In America, many MDs has started suggesting their patient to start intermittent fasting to cure type-2 diabetes and by lowering carbs intake.

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/magres/research/diabetes/reversal.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...etes-just-11-days--going-starvation-diet.html


Fasting doesn't only benefit you spiritually but also regenerate your immune system and help you to loose weight by torching unwanted fat from your organs. I think this guys to rethink before writing any book.
 

hassanrazi

Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
I have been researching on it and can provide more references if someone interested. The other days i was listening that more than 20 million people in Pakistan alone are suffering from pre-diabetes or diabetes and people don't know that it's a dietary disease which can be cure by cutting the carbs from their diet. I am thinking to visit Pakistan soon and arrange some workshops and guide people about this disease. May Allah bless you all with healthy and prosperous life.
 

WatanDost

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
جناب اس کا سیدھا سادھا جواب یہ ہے کہ


سال کے ١١ ماہ جو دنیا کی خاطر جھک مارتے ہیں وہ کافی نہیں ؟؟؟
١ ماہ اس آخرت کی کمائی کے بدلے نقصان ہی سہی اور جو انعام ملنا ہے
اس کا اگر ہمیں فہم و شعور پورا پورا معلوم ہو تو سارا سال رمضان کی
آرزو کرتے پھریں
 

khaaki

Senator (1k+ posts)
In Ramdan oupput of individual muslim become 30% out of 100% .. Muslim world yield/output less than 70% in comparsion to non muslim world in Ramdan
So who cares if this so called output is reduced...what impact would it have for just one month.....do you even encapsulate how much of a reward and reciprocation does the Lord...the most Exalted would repay? May Allah guide us to the right path and obey his orders wholeheartedly than seeking excuses to go astray!!
 

webnise

MPA (400+ posts)
یہ آرٹیکل رومی حسن نے لکھا ہے، جو آرٹیکل کے نیچے دی گئی معلومات کے مطابق ایک کتاب لکھ رہے ہیں
جس کا عنوان ہے "غیر ترقی یافتہ ملکوں پر مذہب کے بد اثرات"۔۔

مجھے یقین ہے یہ صاحب نماز بارے بھی جلد ہی لکھیں گے
آرگومنٹ اس میں بھی یہی ہو گا کہ دن میں ڈیڑھ گھنٹہ نمازوں پر "ضائع" کر دیا جاتا ہے
اور سجدہ و رکوع کرنے سے امراض کمر میں اضافہ ہو رہا ہے
اور وضو میں ہر مسلمان دن میں پانچ بار کتنا پانی ضائع کرتا ہے
وغیرہ وغیرہ

ایسے دانشوروں سے دور رہیں تو بہتر

Agree. I doubt he will write any book on 'impact of xmas on productivity'. By the way, has anyone of you come across a study that talks about the impact of xmas? (it is basically starts from 15-dec to 15-jan when I assume majority of ppl are on holidays/less productive)
 

chaye-wala

MPA (400+ posts)
یہ آرٹیکل رومی حسن نے لکھا ہے، جو آرٹیکل کے نیچے دی گئی معلومات کے مطابق ایک کتاب لکھ رہے ہیں
جس کا عنوان ہے "غیر ترقی یافتہ ملکوں پر مذہب کے بد اثرات"۔۔

مجھے یقین ہے یہ صاحب نماز بارے بھی جلد ہی لکھیں گے
آرگومنٹ اس میں بھی یہی ہو گا کہ دن میں ڈیڑھ گھنٹہ نمازوں پر "ضائع" کر دیا جاتا ہے
اور سجدہ و رکوع کرنے سے امراض کمر میں اضافہ ہو رہا ہے
اور وضو میں ہر مسلمان دن میں پانچ بار کتنا پانی ضائع کرتا ہے
وغیرہ وغیرہ

ایسے دانشوروں سے دور رہیں تو بہتر



ایک پیڈ ٹٹو جسکا کام انٹرنیٹ پر بیٹھ کر ایک مُلک اور اسلام دشمن چینل کا ایجنڈا پورا کرنا ہے اور مسلسل جھوٹ بول کر جیو اور نون لیگ کا دفاع کرنا ہے کا یہ باتیں کہنا اچھا نہیں لگتا۔

یہ اسلامی ہونے کا ڈھونگ مت رچاو۔ تمہارے پراپاگینڈا سے سب واقف ہیں ۔ تم یہاں جیو کا ایجینڈا پُش کرو ۔ انڈیا کی واہ واہ کرو۔ نواز شریف کی واہ واہ کرو کیونکہ اگر وہ پکڑا گیا تو اگلا نمبر انشااللہ جیو کا ہوگا۔ تم سب لوگ رل مل کر بیٹھے ہو اور مزے کر رہے ہو۔
 

karachiwala

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)

ایک پیڈ ٹٹو جسکا کام انٹرنیٹ پر بیٹھ کر ایک مُلک اور اسلام دشمن چینل کا ایجنڈا پورا کرنا ہے اور مسلسل جھوٹ بول کر جیو اور نون لیگ کا دفاع کرنا ہے کا یہ باتیں کہنا اچھا نہیں لگتا۔

یہ اسلامی ہونے کا ڈھونگ مت رچاو۔ تمہارے پراپاگینڈا سے سب واقف ہیں ۔ تم یہاں جیو کا ایجینڈا پُش کرو ۔ انڈیا کی واہ واہ کرو۔ نواز شریف کی واہ واہ کرو کیونکہ اگر وہ پکڑا گیا تو اگلا نمبر انشااللہ جیو کا ہوگا۔ تم سب لوگ رل مل کر بیٹھے ہو اور مزے کر رہے ہو۔


Not sure who is the target of your outburst here? Is it the author of the article or the commentator? If it is the later then are you saying that you agree with the author? If it is the former then why do you have to reply to the commentator? Care to elucidate?
 

chaye-wala

MPA (400+ posts)


Not sure who is the target of your outburst here? Is it the author of the article or the commentator? If it is the later then are you saying that you agree with the author? If it is the former then why do you have to reply to the commentator? Care to elucidate?


Why does it matter to you what i wrote against muqaddas? I'm only here to expose GEO/Noon league and its media cells.
 

atensari

(50k+ posts) بابائے فورم
سیکولرازم کے ماننے والے فرماتے ہیں کیونکہ اس میں مذہب کو ریاست سے الگ رکھا جاتا ہے اسلئے اس میں خیر ہی خیر برکت ہی برکت ہے. یہ بات بچوں جمہوروں تک درست نظر آتی ہے لیکن جھنڈا بردار دانشوروں کو دیکھا جاۓ تو ثابت ہوتا ہے کے یہ لوگ مذہب کو ذاتی زندگی سے الگ کر چکے ہیں ڈرتے ہیں کہیں ریاست کی طرف سے یہ مصیبت ان پر نا انڈیل دی جائے
 
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