The holy month of Ramadan this year started last Saturday. The 30-day period is considered the holiest in the Muslim calendar as Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan.
During Ramadan, Muslims around the world practice fasting from during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Muslim also engage in other rituals, mostly prayers done at mosques.
There are 1.8 billion Muslims around the world as of 2015, roughly 24 percent of the world’s population, according to Pew Research Center. Islam is the second largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion.
Here are eight ways compiled by iDigitalTimes that non-Muslims can do to help Muslims observe Ramadan.
*Companies with Muslims in their workforce should take note of their fasting period and implement alternative work schedules during Ramadan like allowing their Muslim employees to report for work earlier or have shorter workhours.
*Muslim employees should be excused from work lunches, nightshift work schedule and late meetings during Ramadan. They should also be given one to three days off for the commemoration of Eid’l Fitr (or Eid al-Fitr) at the end of Ramadan.
*If a Muslim friend asks you to join in a Ramadan feast, do so. And in order to participate in a Ramadan fast, avoid eating and drinking during designated times of the day, smoking, dancing, playing loud music, swearing, wearing tight or revealing clothes.
*If a Muslim friend invites you to an iftar meal, accept the invitation. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is taken right after Maghrib time, which is around sunset.
*Avoid eating and drinking in the presence of Muslim friends. While one is not obligated to fast, be courteous of those who cannot eat and drink.
*Offer to do strenuous chores or errands for a Muslim friend or neighbor.
*Greet a Muslim friend with the phrase “Ramadan Mubarak” (Blessed Mubarak).
*Read the Quran to learn more about the Muslim faith. You can also watch films about the origins of Islam. GAC/Expat Media
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