John Illhan died yesterday. He was forty two and a very successful businessman who started Crazy John's mobile phone company. Of my six or seven mobile phones, all bar two have been bought from his stores. Being handsome, fit, rich and a devout Moslem did not prevent him having a heart attack at the age of forty two. By most accounts, he was a good person.
I wonder if observing Ramadan put a big strain on his heart?
My workmate is a Moslem from Indonesia. He observes Ramadan too. He does not smoke for the period at all, observes the daytime fasting and does not bother his wife or girlfriend with wanting the biz. He says it does not worry him but towards the end of the period I was noticing he was looking less than his usual handsome self.
Another acquaintance is also Moslem. He had a serious accident when he ran his car into the back of another. His close friend told me he had fallen asleep. He normally does not get up early but because he wanted to be home in the evening over Ramadan to break the fast with his family, he decided to work early for the period. Due to the changed sleeping patterns, he became drowsy when driving his car and did not notice that the car in front had stopped. He spent some time in hospital and some of the other cars passengers were injured.
Should we conclude Ramadan is bad for your health? Perhaps it should be more of a token observance?
Speaking of deaths, just to note the passing of Jocelyn Terry, a long time ABC presenter and TV and Radio newsreader. She was of the old school very professional style ABC broadcasters. I was surprised to hear she was seventy eight. It seems like just yesterday that she was newsreading and filling in for whoever might have been absent. Vale Jocelyn.