Ramadan 2018 will begin on 15 or 16 May in most countries of the world and it will end accordingly in June 2018. Ramadan begins and ends according to lunar calendar, so exact dates depend on appearance of moon. After Ramadan, Muslims will celebrate the festival of Eid ul Fitr. Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims all over the world observe Ramadan (also spelt as Ramadhan and Ramzan). It is the month of blessings and religious harmony.
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Who fasts and who doesn’t?
Fasting was made compulsory on all Muslim adults in second year of Hijri. The only people excused from keeping fast are those who are travelling from one place to another, aged, diabetic and chronically ill. Many children try to complete as fast as possible. Anyone who is unable to observe fast due to any temporary condition (like pregnancy) or permanent condition (like illness) has to compensate by fasting in other months, or paying for it.
Ramadan is one of the most blessed months. Muslims fast during this month, pray a lot and perform maximum good deeds. In literal sense, fasting means abstaining from eating and drinking during sunrise and sunset; however it involves a lot other physical and mental practices.
During the holy moth Muslims are engaged in reading the Quran and Duas. They also spend maximum time in Dhikr of Allah and religious practices. Muslims fast the whole month as it teaches them the right meaning of discipline, self-control, determination and tolerance. Throughout this holy month, Muslims are not only supposed to stay away from eating and drinking during the specified timings, but they should also restrict themselves from all negative emotions like anger, intolerance, fighting, abuse, etc.
Fasting and Blessings
Muslims fast from dawn to sunset; timings of fasting usually vary in every region. The food which is eaten before sunrise is called “Sehri or Suhoor” and food consumed after sunset is called “Iftar”. Muslims are generous to make the food available for whole community which includes poor as well. Reward for good deed is higher in this month as compare to others.
Some rules and regulations of Ramadan
Throughout the 30 days of Ramadan, Muslim’s who are fasting around the world will have to follow rules and regulation. You have to strictly stay away from eating, drinking, physical relations, smoking during sunrise and sunset. Many Islamic countries usually have strict fines for eating, drinking and even on chewing gum in public areas during Ramadan. Music in public places is totally banned in some Islamic countries during Ramadan. Furthermore working hours for employees are being shortened in the holy month of Ramadan, so that they can devote maximum time to praying and also reach home before time for Iftar.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is expected to fall on May 17 according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, deputy director general of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences.
The standard work-day will reduced by two hours for all employees across all sectors in all of the Emirates.
Usually, metros on the red and green lines start at 5.30am for Ramadan with the last trains at 12am on weekdays. The train service is also usually available from 10am on Fridays and 5.30am on Saturdays ending at 1am on both days.
*This information is on the basis of last year’s timings. We will update this information as soon as RTA announce new timings.
In order to spend Ramadan in the true Islamic spirit, follow the following tips:
- Consume easily digestible food so that you do not feel lazy or bulky
- Avoid any unfruitful activities
- Plan day time activities accordingly to avoid exposure to hot weather
- Keep your body hydrated to stay fresh and active
- Do not over-eat at Iftaar time; avoid salty and fried food