What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim year. Ramadan is a holy month for the Muslims. It is the 9th month of the Hijra logbook which is the Muslim calendar, and it is most blessed among the four sacred months. It also believed to be the month the Qur’an was gifted from heaven. A means of Salvation and a declaration of direction. Going on for the whole month, Muslims quick amid the sunlight hours and at night eat little dinners and visit with loved ones. During the period of Ramadan strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. During this period, Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives.

According to the Holy Qur'an: "Until you can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daylight: then keep the fast until night."


So here are some guides to observe during the Ramadan period:

  1. All residents and tourist have to respect the month of Ramadan. It means adopting the rules in public places during daylight hours.

  2. Do not eat or drink in public places during daylight hours. It is important to give respect to our fellow people who are fasting and observing their religious tradition during Ramadan.

  3. For Muslims, Ramadan is not about fasting to lose weight. It is about discipline, abstinence and keeping yourself pure. So be considerate enough and try not to tell them that non-Muslims will also fast to lose weight during their holy month.

  4. If you are being invited by a Muslim friend to join them in the Iftar, you should not refuse. Iftar is the meal Muslims have after ending the fast for that particular day.

  5. Try to be a little flexible and understanding to people who are not in the mood or clearly not themselves because fasting is not easy. And even they get to eat and drink during the time that the sun is out, they will soon feel the energy loss along the day.

For non-Muslims like me, this is what we can do to help them in their spiritual journey this Ramadan. Let's participate and let's try not be a distraction to them just because we can't show an ounce of decency and discipline during their holy month. This is one way to show our respect to their culture and religion. A little discipline wouldn't hurt, right?

I hope this is helpful. Ramadan Kareem everyone!


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