Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Long nights of Ramadan

Everything slows down...including my brain. I'm beginning to see flying carpet,magic lamp, forty thieves, genie...and a magic ring! About the ring later..
The fasting month of Ramadan is nothing new to me. Back home, we have a muslim community that constitutes 15% of the total population. During this period, non muslims like myself are watchful of our conduct in front of muslim friends...especially with regard to food consumption.
Anyway, coming back to the magic ring...i lied to get your attention. In fact, in Iraq.. because of the long nights during Ramadan...they play an interesting game called the Mahabis...

" the game is often played outdoors, traditionally during the long nights of Ramadan. The object is to find a hidden mahbas, or signet ring. Two teams, each numbering from 50 to 250 and seated in rows, face each other, taking turns to conceal the ring. The team leader, or sheikh, starts an innings by passing in front of his own team. With a blanket covering his hands, he stops in front of each player. When the pass is done, all players remain seated with closed fists in their lap, but only one holds the ring.

The fun begins when the rival sheikh approaches to scour the faces of his opponents. The sheikh can eliminate as many players as he wants, but he has only one chance to pick the exact hand that is holding the mahbas. If he chooses wrongly, his team loses a point and the ring stays with the successfully deceitful team for another round. The first team to lose 20 points loses the whole thing. Simple as the game sounds, the sheikh's task requires skill, cunning, a penetrating knowledge of human nature and immense powers of observation."

Wonder anyone is playing this intriguing game in Dubai? should be very interesting...:)


Blogger San Nakji said...

That game sounds brilliant! I would love to play that. Finding that many people to play could be a problem though....

Welcome back to the posting world!

12:00 AM

Blogger Stephen Bess said...

We had to be mindful about displaying food in my office because our supervisor is fasting for Ramadan. Good to see you back.

5:36 PM

Blogger junebee said...

Sounds like a game Americans would play but only after a couple of beers.

4:50 AM

Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

BF: you're back! We've missed you. That games sounds just about right for the cold winter nights after far too many beers as Junebee said!


9:27 AM

Blogger Cergie said...

I had problems with my live box after posting today.
All is okay, now, happily !

Long nights of ramadan !!!
My daughter was born in Marocco during the Ramadan month.
It was really something special.
The doctor did not do Ramadan, because she needed to be clear in her brain not to do dramatic errors.
And when my husband went to phone at the post office to the all family, it was quite empty: everybody was beginning to eat !!!

12:08 PM

Blogger Balushi said...

the only game is like is the Doctor and Patient!

Me doctor, Chick patients!

all my patients were cured.

8:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahaha, so cute, not the most sophisticated game,but its simplicity and innocence is so appealing these days..
Where did you get that though?

7:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahahahaa, not the most sophisticated game, but its simplicity and innocence is so appealing these days...
Where did you get it from?

7:09 AM

Blogger San Nakji said...

I think you must post some more BF!

1:12 AM

Blogger Cergie said...

More ! More ! More !

2:41 PM

Blogger jac said...

It is also played in nearby Syria.

8:32 PM

Blogger black feline said...

ladies and gentlemen and fellow felines,

thousand apologies...Im caught in a chute...literally..will report in a day or two...and many idiots were also caught in the public loo...eating secretly during this time of Ramadan..simply hilarious..Burger King in the loo! next posting..coming soon..

8:37 AM

Blogger kingfisher said...


Welcome back to the blogshere!


9:40 AM

Blogger black feline said...

my favorite's almost a year...when are u starting to blog? Im waiting to be your first visitor...

1:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm @ long nights .. well the ramazans are about to end .. today is shab-a-qadar here .. well it's the night of 26th ..

6:44 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sabu and the Magic Ring...what a gorgeous poster! Did you find it her in the UAE...or is it an image from the net?
Regardless it's great!

4:17 PM

Blogger black feline said...

hi uae students,

it's from the net.Beautiful print. U have an interesting blog too.

Do pop there..and stay connected.

6:55 AM


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