Celebrating Ramadan: A Special Spiritual Occasion for Muslims
Ramadan is known to be a holy month of fasting of our Muslim friends and neighbors. However, Ramadan is more than that. It is about prosperity in the spirituality of the Muslims. It is an annual observance that happens on the ninth month of Islamic calendar which starts and ends depending on the crescent of the moon. Ramadan 2013 will start 10th of July till 7th of August.
There is no symbol for Ramadan as written in the scriptures. Traditionally, displaying lanterns has become a symbol of this event.
Activities of Muslims During Ramadan:
Muslims observe this sacred month annually. They have a lot of activities mainly fasting. Other than that, they indulge themselves to improve their spiritual aspects. They have activities such as giving, praying, and so on.
No drinking, eating and sexual interactions during daytime. Daytime means the part of a day that the sun is up. Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes are strictly prohibited during this time. Most of them refrain from wearing make-up(especially lipstick) which somehow gives a taste that might tempt them to eat Some avoid to wear perfume too. When the sun sets, it’s the only time they can eat and drink. Most Muslim countries are strict on the residents at this time that drinking and eating are punishable by law.
Muslims normally pray 5 times a day. During Ramadan, it’s a chance for them to have devotional time. They pray and read Quran more intensively. Silence is spent in praying and reciting Quran. The family pray together as the parents teach their sons and daughters.
Ramadan is a season of sharing and giving. Some famous restaurants and establishments hold a charitable event this year like artworks sale where in all or a percentage of the proceeds are intended to charities. They gave their customers a chance for sharing their blessings. Some shops make a marketing strategy of letting their customers donate their old product (e.g. eyewear) then they will receive a high discount for buying a new one.
Some Muslims gave their colleagues (whether Muslim or Non Muslim) dates to eat. The first thing Muslims traditionally eat to break the fast is dates.
4. Living in peace
It is more evidently practiced at this time for silent surroundings. Words are carefully said and people live in harmony. They refrain themselves for any kind of misunderstanding because it is a sacred time. Saying harsh words are not good at this time. They are focused in modulating everything they do.
5. Family Bonding
It is a time to reunite with family and relatives. They share and give gifts to their loveones. They gather together for Suhoor and Iftars. Suhoor is a pre-fast meal while Iftar is the breaking of the fast. Ramadan sale or mid-year sale can be seen mostly in the market place since a lot of Muslims spend more in giving during this season. Most of the companies are in sale of up-to 70% discount.
Ramadan Guide for Non Muslims
When you are a non Muslim residing in a Muslim country there are some guidelines that you need to follow.
Avoid eating and drinking in public
Eating and drinking in public during daytime of Ramadan is prohibited by law in most of the Muslim Countries. As a show of respect to our Muslim friends and neighbors, we should at least be aware of this. Avoid tempting them too so they can easily fulfill their fasting.
Wear long and conservative clothes
Women, avoid showing too much skin in public that will attract and caught the men's attention. Remember to avoid being a temptation. During this month, physical intimacy is strictly prohibited.
Muslims spend most of their time praying during Ramadan. We can show respect to them by not playing music aloud. Avoid shouting. Putting the volume of television in moderation. With these simple acts, they really appreciate a less sound pollution.
Our Muslim colleagues might look tired and weak during this time. Try to understand them to continue the work efficiently and effectively.
Shop at night time
Most of the shops starting from cold stores within the neighborhood to famous shops inside the malls are close at daytime. However, shops are open at night time till 1 am. Dining in and delivering food orders in restaurants have night timings too.
Trivia about work timings
Bahrain Labor Law No. 36 of 2013.
Article 51 states that a Muslim worker shall not be employed during the month of Ramadan for more than six hours in every day or thirty six hours a week.
Deal with change in business hours
Companies have different policies pertaining to business hours in office. Most of the companies let there employees-Muslims and Non Muslims to work only 6 hours straight each day within the Ramadan month. By law, Muslims are
So if you have to set a meeting and deal with an urgent matter, better ask your client or supplier's timing in their
Make a Wish
Wish is greeting your Muslim friends and colleagues a "Ramadan Kareem", which means "Have a Generous Ramadan".
You can greet them by sending greeting cards electronically via email or any social media like facebook.
Companies send wishes to public thru radio, television, magazines and billboards.