Students Fasting During Ramadan Are Already Dreading Their Exams

Growing up Muslim I started fasting at an early age because I thought it would make God answer my prayers more quickly.

“If I deprive myself of food and pray maybe I’ll finally get Wolverine’s healing factor!”

Decades of worship and food deprivation yet no superpowers later, turned the whole religion thing sour for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten what it’s like to fast and the struggles a lot of my Muslim friends and community members endure during the holy month. Specifically, during exam time.

Swearing off food and water for a set amount of time always came easy to me (in fact I was a good Muslim boy and even fasted extra days during the year) but I knew tons of students who found it difficult to concentrate on studying for exams/tests during Ramadan because they needed the sweet energy provided by food to help their brain function properly.

And since we’re now in the holy month for Muslims, people are already stressing about how they’re going to get through studying for their exams while fulfilling their religious obligations.

If you grew up in a religious household, regardless of the religion, you may have found it difficult to reconcile your modern day existence with the expectations demanded by your faith. I know I’ve dined on my fair share of unhealthy guilt as a result of missing a prayer or not reading enough Quran or going to the Mosque enough.

And in my frame of mind right now, I could probably provide a million and one reasons why one shouldn’t fast if they have an exam.

I could say that, hey, look, first off, fasting doesn’t really accomplish much at the end of the day. If the goal is to “feel” how those who are less fortunate than you, then the entire charade of fasting is a bit of a farce the way that most people do it.

You wake up well before the sun breaks night so you can stuff yourself with food. Then you don’t drink or eat for hours, but you know the second the sun drops again, you’ll be able to engorge yourself on whatever you want. It’s not like poor people know that once the day is over, they’ve got Taco Bell, or whatever delicious food their family spent all day preparing for them. So it’s not like you really understand the plight of a poor person – you’re just getting tired and hungry for no reason.

But on a more practical note, if God does exist then he probably wants you to do the best you can in life, right? And if you know that not eating is going to mess you up so much that it’ll affect your ability to score well on an exam or be productive during the day, then you’re doing not only a disservice to yourself, but also to God.

An almighty creator of the universe doesn’t need you to deprive yourself of food as a sacrifice to him, it’s not like he gets anything out of it. So if it’s that big of a hindrance, then don’t do it. Simple.

Of course there are going to be people who want to shame you for your choice, but if you wanna get all religious about it, only God can judge someone, right? And it’s not like not fasting is illegal or anything, so drink your water, have your tuna salad, drink your espresso if you want – it’s OK, I don’t think you’re going to burn forever while standing on hot coals until your brains boil for valuing your future over feeling some sort of shame from a religious community.

But, on the other hand, there are some individuals who dealt with a lot more strenuous stuff than studying while fasting. Take ’90s NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.

Because he was such a great player, his teammates didn’t mind re-arranging their practice times to better suit his schedule so he could perform optimally. Hakeem was willing to make it work, and there are a lot of Muslims who are worried about their exams who’ve come up with ways to do the same thing.

It just involves rearranging all of your priorities to make fasting work for you. So if you really want to do it, then I guess you can, or at least put an honest effort to.

This Twitter user seems to have it all figured out and a lot of my friends who had difficulty studying during Ramadan employed tricks just like this in order to get through it.

The one thing I can promise fasters is that praying for something has no proven effect on the outcome. So if not eating is having serious implications on your ability to study, asking God to hook you up simply won’t work.

I mean if it did, I’d already have Wolverine’s powers by now and I’d be preaching about how crazy you’d have to be to not be fasting.

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This Mom Is Looking For The Man Who Helped Her During A Rough Plane Ride

Most people get really annoyed when they’re on a plane with a crying baby, but one mother’s story shows us: there can be another way.

Jessica Rudeen wrote a Facebook post that went viral on Saturday about meeting a man on a plane that helped her when she was struggling with both a crying infant and a crying toddler. 

She writes:

My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane. My 4 month old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3 year old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking “I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!”

I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation. This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie. 

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Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams. During the flight, he colored and watched a movie with Caroline, he engaged in conversation and showed her all the things outside. 

By the end of the flight, he was Caroline’s best friend. I’m not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window. Amazingly, we had the same connection in Charlotte to Wilmington, a connection he navigates frequently for work. 

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He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand. If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. 

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I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life.

I’d like to find him. His name is Todd. He has a son at the University of Arkansas and he lives in Lenexa, KS.

If you could help share this post so that I can find him, I’d really appreciate your help!

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Everyone is inspired by this simple act of kindness:

But Rudeen posted an even better edit to her original post:

Update! I’ve been connected with his wife and hoping we can get together soon!

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The two not only met, they were interviewed on Fox 4. Todd Walker is from Kansas, and he said that helping Rudeen was the most natural thing in the world.

“I saw was a mom looking around the corner at me with big eyes, and two kids in tow that were both having a bad day. They were both screaming,” Walker said. But things calmed down quick once Rudeen got a little help.

“Within a couple minutes, they were fine. Before we even had taken off, and before we landed I’d been coloring with Caroline, and looking out the window, and seeing different things,” Walker said.

He added, “If you think you can, or if they certainly ask you for it step up and help them. You know, it doesn’t cost you anything to step up and give them a hand.”

“His kindness made such a huge impact on my life, and it’s making an impact on other people’s lives too,” Rudeen added.

Has their story inspired you?

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Woman Captures Instance Of Catcalling On Video During A Walk–Uploads Online For All To See

A woman in Kallangur, Australia, has been getting harassed by the same old creep for months, and finally decide to do something about it.

While her husband waited on a street corner, she walked by the neighborhood lech, knowing he would likely give her a hard time again. She had her camera ready, according to the Daily Mail, who spoke with the unidentified woman after footage of the altercation went viral.

As she walks by him, the man seems to say, “Nice set of boobs you’ve got,” seemingly out of nowhere.

At that she turns and tells him she just recorded him talking about her breasts, and he suddenly tries to act like they’re having a  normal conversation.

“How are you?” he asks. “Good? Your husband’s on the corner, isn’t he?”

“I just videoed you saying that, d***head,” she responds.

“Oh, sorry,” he says. 

“I’m going to take it to the police. K**bhead,” she says. In text it looks angrier than when she actually says it. She sounds nervous and uncomfortable to be confronting the guy who has been harassing her.

And that’s what she told the Daily Mail, saying it was extremely difficult to film him.

“I was shaking. I’m not a soft person,” she said. “I couldn’t even speak properly. You could tell in my voice I was really nervous. I was frightened.”

“He was so stupid he didn’t realise I was videoing him,” she added. “It’s worse that he’s an older man and you’d think that he’d know better. You’d expect a 12-year-old child to say something silly like that.”

The woman’s husband wrote a post on Facebook, according to Indy 100, saying that if other women recognize this guy they should come forward.

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Donald Trump Jr. Makes Offensive Tweet During Irma Emergency Announcement

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston. Hurricane Irma has flattened whole islands in the Caribbean, blasted the American territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and could be just the third Category Five hurricane in history to strike the American mainland.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is making it clear that evacuation orders are not to be ignored.

Important stuff, passionately delivered. Yes, the interpreter is a little distracting, possibly because the camera was closer to him than it was to the Governor. 

Here’s a reasonable dialogue about exactly that:

Is anyone surprised that Donald Trump Jr. tweeted something insensitive?

Junior got slammed in the rich guy equivalent of a junior high school locker and never came out. Here’s Hilary Duff’s 2004 hit ‘Haters’ (written about Lindsay Lohan, OBVS) for a quick study on just how disconnected Donny is from the present situation.

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Senator Tammy Duckworth Shares Selfie After Breaking Her Leg During A Workout

WARNING: The photo in this article may be AWESOME.

Usually a photo of a broken leg could be unsettling at best, and gruesome at worst. But Senator Tammy Duckworth from Illinois just proved that a broken leg can be hilarious. 

For those unfamiliar with Duckworth, she’s a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in 2004 after a her helicopter was shot down over Iraq. She now wears prosthetic legs. 

Clearly a badass woman with a sense of humor, Duckworth tweeted:

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Joel Osteen’s Church Tried To Collect Money From Harvey Victims During Service

Pastor/founder/millionaire Joel Osteen caved to public pressure last week and opened his Lakewood Church to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

But Osteen is in hot water again after footage emerged of church ushers collecting donations from storm victims.

Dedicated to hurricane victims in the audience, the service includes Lisa Osteen Comes asking people affected by Harvey to stand up:

Many people in the audience do stand, and their fellow churchgoers pray for them:

Almost all experts agree that recovery from a disaster of this magnitude will be both slow and hard.

Comes tells worshipers that recovery from Harvey will not be slow or hard, but quick! And easy!

As soon as Comes finishes praying for the victims of the hurricane, ushers begin passing out collection plates so the people of Houston may donate to the church. Many of those people have lost their homes to the record floodwaters, while Osteen’s net worth is estimated at $ 40–70 million. 

Watch the whole video:

Joel Osteen’s eye is always on the bottom line: how much money can we make and what do we have to say to make it?

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Best Man Trolls Groom By Reading His PornHub Search History During Wedding Speech

Best Man Trolls Groom By Reading His PornHub Search History During Wedding Speech

When one sits down to write a best man or maid of honor speech, the task can be a little intimidating. 

These speeches tend to be an important part of the wedding reception, so the speakers want to make sure that they are heartfelt, and memorable. Usually the speeches tell embarrassing stories or fond memories of days gone by. 

Thom, the best man at Danny Hodgetts’s wedding, decided to take his speech to a whole new level. 

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In fact Thom partnered with porn site Pornhub, to create a hilarious trip down memory lane of his Pornhub experience. 

Watch the video below: 

The video starts with a message from Aria, a representative of Pornhub.

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She starts by reminiscing of days gone by. “We’ve been with you for years now,” she says. “Witnessing all your varying phases.” 

Here were two of her favorites: 

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“Danny, your stamina and loyalty is very much appreciated,” Aria says. She confesses that all of the girls are “gutted” to hear he is getting married. 

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She also goes on to prove his loyalty by saying that through his travels he has enjoyed their website “in the most countries worldwide.”

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Aria makes sure to ease his worry by saying that Pornhub has saved all of his personal favorites from their website. 

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Aria congratulates the bride and groom and lets them know that Pornhub has a gift for them as well. Pornhub knows his wife can’t travel everywhere with him, so they have offered him a premium membership whenever he travels. 

She responded to the groom’s tweet with a word of congratulations and a link to the original video:

As you might expect, Thom’s speech was a hit with the wedding party and guests. 

He told Refinery29:

“Everyone at the wedding loved it. My friend’s face as it was being introduced and played was priceless. They both saw it for what is was, very good-natured humour at his expense. You can see the reactions from the crowd in the video. Wonderful.”

Congrats to the show-stealing best man, Thom, for the most memorable speech the Internet has seen in awhile. 

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Pornhub Took A Huge Traffic Hit During The 'Game Of Thrones' Premiere

Game of Thrones took over the airwaves on Sunday, and also destroyed everyone’s timelines with jokes and complaints about Ed Sheeran. Yes, the long anticipated season 7 premiere was finally here and you know what that means: time to take a brief break from masturbating.

The Independent reports that popular pornography site Pornhub shared their statistics from the hour on Sunday night that HBO was airing GoT. They found that during that time period, traffic to Pornhub dipped by 4.5 percent, saying that shows a “considerable change in visitors as Sunday night is one of the most popular times for people to visit Pornhub.”

I know what you’re thinking. That’s not such a huge dip. But when you actually look at the graph, it’s pretty hilarious:

The question is, are people so in love with Game of Thrones that they’re willing to stop pleasuring themselves for an hour to enjoy it, or are they just finding their pleasure…elsewhere?

When season 6 premiered, Pornhub says they had a drop as well, but only by 4.1 percent. People have gotten even more excited for this show than ever before, perhaps even too excited in ways we don’t want to contemplate. But the site says their biggest dip ever was during the finale of season 6, when they experienced a 5.2 percent traffic dip. People always get worked up when you leave them wanting more.

Pornhub seems more amused by the loss of customers than angry, as does everybody else.

And it’s not the first time someone has made the connection that they’re more or less the same thing:

We’ll see whether porn or Jon Snow can keep our attention longer this season.

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Jon Stewart Roasts Jimmy Kimmel During His Own Monologue

Pennsylvania teen Will Rubin held a Jimmy Kimmel-themed Bar Mitzvah, and Kimmel decided to talk to him on air about it—which was really, really cute. To everyone, that is, except actually Jewish talk show host Jon Stewart.

“You probably had your choice of idolizing any talk show host and you could’ve gone with a Jew, that’s all I’m saying,” Stewart said. “Will, don’t be fooled by his learned-looking beard and his sad, puffy eyes. He’s not rabbinical; he’s just unhealthy.”

“Wouldn’t you rather idolize a talk show host that is also circumcised?” he asked. “I don’t know how to put this. How do the kids say it? He’s still wearing his hoodie.”

Give him a break, Jon—the last time you were on air, he was still a boy. Now he’s a man. 

Though it seems like many adults were just happy to see Stewart back on TV.

We can only hope that the next time he’s on late night, he’s there permanently.

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Student Trapped On Train During His Graduation Ceremony Gets Surprise Celebration

Former high school student Jerich Marco Alcantara missed his commencement ceremony at Hunter College’s Brookdale campus on Tuesday, after getting caught in a delay on the E train. Alcantara toldSelect All that he had opted out of the second ceremony at Radio City Music Hall later in the day, because that one had a two ticket limitation for family, and he wanted as many people as possible to be there. 

In fact, many of his friends and family members were traveling with him to the earlier ceremony when they finally admitted they weren’t going to make it. 

“I was on track to be at my commencement at 9:15 a.m., but the delays altogether ended up taking almost three hours,” Alcantara said. “After 45 minutes, I knew I was already late, but I kept hoping that I’d at least make it to walking the stage.” 

Most kids would throw down their clapboard hat and sulk at this point, but Alcantara rallied and ended up giving everyone on the train with him a very memorable experience:

Train goer Naduya Afzal posted a video on Tuesday of Alcantara in his full graduation regalia, getting a makeshift “diploma” from a friend on their cell-phone while the most high school song of all plays over a loudspeaker: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. 

It’s an oddly touching private ceremony witnessed by two dozen fascinated strangers, that ends with Alcantara hugging and kissing the people traveling with them. Presumably they’re not just more strangers, but who knows.

He even offers onlookers a copy of his diploma, saying, “If you want a copy of my diploma, turn on your AirDrop.” It seems like a few people took him up on it, if hesitant questions about how to turn AirDrop on are any indication.

If you’re thinking of doing something similar, be warned that magical New York City moments like this can’t be planned. “It wasn’t so much an idea, but something that just happened,” said Alcantara.

“Everyone was getting antsy and impatient, so I figured I’d lighten the mood by thanking everyone for coming out. That led to applause, and the rest just followed.” 

Eventually, the family did make it above ground, but they were too late. The real ceremony had ended. Though this kid has bad luck with public transportation, he has good luck with friends.

“So I missed the commencement, but after the auditorium cleared out, my close friends threw me my own little graduation,” Alcantara said. 

Another one? “It was a great time,”  he added. 

It’s disappointing to miss a big life touchstone like graduation, but at least Alcantara hit a different milestone early on: going viral. Congrats!

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