Here are yesterday's high temperatures around the Middle East.
I bring this up because we are in the middle of Ramadan. Because the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, Ramadan moves around a lot on the Gregorian calendar. A few years back, it was in November and December, but in 2007 it runs from September 13 to October 13.
The faithful observe the month by fasting from sunrise to sunset, refraining from eating and drinking. Here's the thing. That includes drinking water. Folks aren't allowed to hydrate for twelve hours + in heat that runs from noticeable to oppressive.
Islam isn't vicious about this. Little kids, pregnant women, old folks and the infirm are exempt from the fast. But healthy and observant Muslims are supposed to keep the fast. I would expect that they are very aware of the early symptoms of dehydration, given statistically how often they must see them during Ramadan. What I would like the imams in charge to consider is to rescind the prohibition of drinking water to all the faithful during the daylight hours, because the long term effects of dehydration include seizures, permanent brain damage or death.
There is a silly phrase popular in the decadent West that what does not kill us can only make us stronger. The actual physiology of many threats is that what does not kill us can make us
I'm not saying it 'splains everything that's wrong with this little pinhead. But it is a good start, isn't it?
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