Ramadan is a holy month of worship, study of the Quran, prayer, and fasting
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
We have listed below Ramadan etiquette that is observed and to be followed during this holy month. Do bear in mind that one must be courteous and respectful of those observing the auspicious month.
- Don’t eat or drink in public during the holy month, especially during the hours of fasting. Be considerable and eat indoors or in the comfort of your own home. When outdoors, look around for designated screened-off areas that can be used to consume food or drink.
- Do dress appropriately in public areas such as malls, parks and restaurants. Both men and women should consider covering up their shoulders and knees.
- Do attend iftars when invited by someone you know. This is part of the UAE culture and is a unique way of bringing friends and family together at this time of the year. Always carry a small gift, such as a box of dates or dried fruit.
- Do use popular greetings such as Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak, especially to your fellow Muslim neighbors, colleagues and friends.
- Do take part in charity. The holy month of Ramadan means helping others especially those in need and the less fortunate. A simple act of kindness can go a long way and you will receive countless blessings in return.
- Don’t play loud music when in public. If you are playing music, keep it to the bare minimum as this is a time Muslims are observing their fast and are often praying in solitude.
- Don’t use offensive language or gestures. This is observed as rude and impolite in general and one must refrain from such acts during Ramadan.
- Don’t smoke in public areas at your workplace, mall or hotel simply because not everyone likes to be in situated in areas filled with smoke. Choose a more private area instead to avoid any unpleasant situations like these. Smoking is also injurious to your health.
This Ramadan, make sure you also maintain and follow the safety measures to avoid any more covid-19 cases.
Stay safe and we hope you have a blessed Ramadan!