I was quite fascinated to listen to the start of The Conversation Hour on 774 Melbourne last Friday (MP3 available). Co-host Waleed Aly is very witty, and has a gift of being able to explain his Muslim beliefs and practices in terms that even the most ocker Aussies can understand.
(01:15) Jon Faine: Is it still Ramadan?
Waleed Aly: Last day.
Aly: Last day. It’s the Grand Final.
He goes on to talk about how Ramadan works, and the impact it used to have on his cricket skills. And he remarks of Faine’s question about whether water is allowed:
(02:30) Aly: The water question is the most commonly-asked question … My wife has decided what she wants to do is print a t-shirt that she wears around during Ramadan that just says “No, not even water.”
And the rest of the hour, with boxer Kosta Tszyu and former refugee Akoc Manheim is worth listening to as well, as is the Triple J Hack brief interview with Aly.