From Ramadanetiquette to the meaning behind the rituals and the traditional Iftar, here's all that you need to know about Ramadan in the UAE.
What Is Ramadan?
Every year, Muslims from across the globe fast for one month, according to the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is called Hijri and Ramadan is witnessed on the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar based on the lunar cycle every year.
What Happens During Ramadan?
During the holy month of Ramadan, you will see all the Muslims worldwide fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. They are not allowed to eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Every morning, Muslims enjoy a pre-fast meal called Suhoor, which is followed by the Fajr prayers.
When Do They Break Their Fast?
Fast is broken everyday after sunset. Dates are the first food to be consumed after which there is a grand Iftar.
What Do They Eat During Ramadan?
It is said that Prophet Mohammed would break his fast with a glass of water and dates, after which he would have a light meal. People who observe fasting are expected to follow the same so they don't over eat and can thereby avoid stomach issues.
Working Hours During Ramadan
According to the Labour law, working hours must be cut short during Ramadan. The UAE government has announced that schools will not function for more than five hours. Changes have also been made to the opening and closing time of malls, and the operation of metros and buses.
Don't's During Ramadan
Eating, smoking and drinking in public is prohibited
One cannot hug, hold hands or exhibit any other form of public display of affection
Dancing and loud music is not allowed
Men are not allowed to wear sleeveless while women must ensure their shoulders and head are covered
No using cuss words
What Happens After Ramadan?
On the 30th day of Ramadan, the moon-sighting committee begin their hunt for the new crescent. If they spot it, the next morning will be pronounced as the first day of Shawwal – Eid Al Fitr, a three day public holiday.