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Ramadan Kareem

Posted by vmsalama on September 1, 2008

Ramadan begins tonight here in the UAE and I offer my warmest wishes to those celebrating the month-long feast.  It is sure to be an interesting month all around.  Unlike Ramadan i have spent in Egypt, the West Bank or Turkey, the UAE – which is comparatively liberal to most other places in the region – makes up for it during Ramadan with bans on all food, drink or smoking in public, and advisories for modesty.  By no means am I criticizing the enforcement, it will just interesting to see Dubai switch from an expat playground to a city for Islamic reverence.  

A little article on Ramadan to kick start the holiday.  Ramadan kareem to all.

Ramadan from Monday

Millions of Muslims in the UAE start their month-long fast for Ramadan from Monday, September 1. 

They will give up food and drink from dawn to dusk during the day, and worship inside crowded mosques nationwide. 

The holy month brings sweeping changes in the lives of residents – of all faiths – every year. 

Working hours are reduced, with staff – fasting or not – either leaving or starting earlier than usual in private companies. Government offices, meanwhile, will keep reduced but uniform hours – 9am to 2pm this year. 

City roads are eerily quite as the time for breaking fast (sunset) approaches. On the flipside, traffic rushes to life again in the wee hours of the night, as residents flock to restaurants and shopping malls, which stay open late. 

Regardless of their religion or nationality, many residents invite each other for iftar, the meal taken to end the fast every evening. Iftar parties are common even to companies and hotels. 

Tailors and readymade garment shops also do brisk business as people stock up new clothes for the end of Ramadan – the month is followed by Eid, the festival for ending the fasting month successfully. 

Also, city officials usually hold special events and lectures in Ramadan. For example, Sharjah will host its annual Ramadan festival for a 19th straight year. 

This year, the onset of Ramadan and the school year have coincided, with students braving the September heat to study and, of course, play. 

The news of the month’s arrival broke on national TV and radio on Saturday evening, when the special moon-sighting committee said the fresh crescent – necessary to mark a new Islamic month – will be visible on Sunday night. 

“The committee … congratulated all Muslims inside and outside the UAE on the happy occasion and prayed to Allah [God] for peace and tranquillity in the world …” reported the national news agency Wam. 

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the “five pillars” of Islam. The tradition started more than 1,400 years ago. The point of fasting in Islam is to build self-discipline, a tool to overcome desires or habits that are taboo in the Muslim faith. 

It also serves as a window into the lives of the less fortunate, making it easier for people to part with their wealth in charity. 

Like other Islamic months, Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending on the arrival of the crescent moon. 

That means this year’s Eid holidays will start either on September 30 or October 1. 

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9 Responses to “Ramadan Kareem”

  1. Alina M said

    Good to know!! 🙂 I just wish it was even more detailed. (Plus, i thought it began August 22!)

  2. Rafiullah Hamidi said

    It is really a religious holy month which muslims believe in it. It should be celebrated by praying, worships and other islamic activities. Mulims are ordered to help poor people financially.
    It is the month of happiness, healthness and prosperity.

  3. mamme said

    woderfull

  4. mamme said

    wonder full month

  5. Noshin Noor said

    This is to inform that I am a divorcee with two children and need financial help to finish my debts to live in peace. Please approach me to get assistance in this Holy month of Ramadan. Allah Nigheban. God bless everyone.

  6. mohammed said

    ramadan is gift for muslim.allah gives us ramadan,really wonderful month for us.

  7. mohammed said

    i always wait for this month

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