Reminder: Things we can’t do during Ramadan
Updated: May 11, 2018
In approximately two weeks, the holy month of Ramadan will kick off, meaning we can’t do things the normal things we usually do during normal days for a month.
Ramadan is expected to start on May 17 and respecting the celebration in Muslim countries, such as in the United Arab Emirates, is mandatory whether we like it or not.
Some may be aware of the do’s and don’ts during this time, it’s still better to refresh the minds most especially of the expatriates and non-Muslims.
Below are the things we should all follow:
1. Never eat or drink in public
Eating in public is a no-no. Muslims are fasting for a month during the daytime. There are only a few people who are excluded: pregnant women, elderly people, someone who is unwell).
2. Do not dance, sing, or get drunk
Getting drunk, dancing and singing in public are also prohibited during Ramadan. Bars in the country will be open but will only sell liquors after dark.
3. Do not play loud music
Singing is not okay, so is playing loud music. With that, it’s a no-karaoke first for the rest of Ramadan.
4. Wear modest clothing
Respecting the occasion includes wearing non-revealing outfits. This order is also applicable when you’re heading for a night out. Avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts or sleeveless outfits.
5. Don’t swear in public
Aside from dressing conservatively, you must also watch your mouth unless you want to get deathly stares.
6. Be understandable
If your Muslim friend is low on energy, please be flexible because fasting is not that easy even you eat and hydrate at night and early morning.
7. Ramadan is not about losing weight
Telling your Muslim friend that you want to fast because you want to lose weight may offend some. Fasting is all about teaching yourself discipline. It’s about abstinence, about keeping yourself pure.
Don’t also forget to greet your Muslim friend “Ramadan Kareem!”