Ramadan Kareem


Know cultural tips, etiquette to follow during Ramadan

Expected to begin on either March 22 or 23, the holiest month in the UAE, is now forthcoming.

Ramadan is the holy month of obligatory fasting for Muslims. They fast during daylight hours, only eating and drinking again once the sun sets.

Abstaining from food or drink, Muslims believe that the practice of fasting is to heighten spiritual focus on devotion. It is also a time to gather family, increase charitable efforts and spend time on personal reflection.

Here are a few cultural tips and etiquette that even non-Muslims must know during Ramadan:

Do not eat, drink or smoke in public.

Out of consideration for those fasting, even non-Muslims are expected to follow fasting rules in public. You are allowed to eat, drink and smoke privately.

Dress modestly. Avoid wearing tight and transparent clothing.

Dressing modestly for men and women is essential during Ramadan. Wearing tight and revealing clothes is prohibited throughout the territory.

Avoid loud music in cars, at home, or in public.

Ramadan is a time to self-reflect and strengthen their faith. Some Muslims prefer not to listen to music during Ramadan to stay focused. Be aware.

Behave respectfully around fasting Muslims.

People must avoid making a scene in public because it is generally a time of peaceful reflection and piety.

Participate where appropriate.

If non-Muslims want to get into the spirit of the holy month, they can fast, attend iftar and suhoor tents at hotels, and participate in charitable initiatives.

To accept an invitation to iftar is a polite act, as with any other such offer. It is not required, but it shows a respectful manner to bring a gift when visiting someone’s home.

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