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She stated when a person has any gastrointestinal illnesses they consume rose water. She stated rose water is used in a variety of foods to help with detoxification of the body.When asked if there are any traditional food rituals around the holidays, she stated only atRamadan. She states Ramadan happens once per year and lasts for approximately one month. During this time Muslims are expected to fast – no food or water – from sun up to sunset. When the fast is broken each evening, the first food consumed is the date. When asked why a date is the first thing that is eaten she did not have an explanation other than that is the way it has been for as long as she can remember. Research suggests the reason for breaking fast with a date during Ramadan is because that is the first thing Muhammed ate when he broke fast every night during Ramadan. Another reason why the date is so popular is because it is nutritionally dense. Dates are full of potassium, magnesium, fiber, sugar and carbohydrates with help the body in maintaining optimal health (Fayed, 2017). Pregnancy and Childbearing PracticesZD stated there is no special pregnancy or childbearing practices that differentiate her culture from that of the western world. Her sister has had three children. All three were born in the hospital with her sister’s husband in the birthing room. When asked about taboo practices during pregnancy, ZD responded with the need to avoid raw foods because they may hurt the baby in utero. The topic of abortion was discussed and ZD said her culture does not accept abortion; the only time abortion would be allowed is if it put the mother’s life at risk of death. When asked if there is anything special that is done when the baby and mother comes home afterthe birth, ZD stated that the mother stays in the house for 30 days and the mother’s on both sides of the family care for both the new mother and baby.
SU_NSG4074_W2_A2_9Death RitualsThere is not a lot of information that ZD provided related to death and burying rituals. ZD stated that when a person passes away, they must be buried before sunset of the day of death.The body is buried; her culture does not believe in cremation. Additionally, everybody in the family of the deceased wears black for a period of 40 days to show they are in mourning.SpiritualityZD is a Shiite Muslim. She identifies as a Shiite, but does not feel that she is an overly religious person. She spoke of people in her culture fighting over religion, particularly between the Muslim Shiites and Muslim Sunis. She stated the person she wants to marry is Suni and his family does not accept her because she is Shiite. ZD’s family has met and approved of him, but his family will not accept her. That is a point of contention between the two of them because of their different religious sect’s. This makes it challenging for them to move forward towards engagement. They both want to get engaged, but because of their religious differences she is not sure engagement will happen.