It’s almost the month of June and within this time period we will be commemorating Ramadan in Qatar. It is a 30-day period where the Muslim society practice fasting. They follow a specific time when they refrain from eating within the day. We are also advised to follow or observe proper behavior during this month even though we are not Muslims.
This year’s schedule is not yet decided since Ramadan’s start date will depend on the sighting of the moon. Although experts say that this celebration will start around June 7 to July 6.
Do’s and Don’ts: Few Guidelines on How to Behave During Ramadan
Since this is a holy month for Muslims, we should show respect to their religion and culture. You will be penalized when you’re going to eat in front of people, it is also disrespectful to show that you’re eating when the Islamic country is fasting. Aside from eating, here are dos and don’ts to keep in mind during the season of Ramadan.
- Dress Appropriately – Men and women should not show skin in public. no sandos/sleeveless shirts.
- Don’t Play Loud Music – Since Ramadan is a time for prayer and spiritual reflection, it’s important to show respect by not playing any loud music
- Don’t Eat or Drink in Public – Showing respect to those people who are fasting
- Don’t Kiss or Hug in public – Showing public display of affection is disrespectful, even touching the opposite sex
- No smoking in Public
- Exchange Ramadan Greetings – It is a tradition to greet “Ramadan Kareem” when meeting Muslims.
- Be Charitable – Muslims tend to give food, clothes or money to the less fortunate
- Accept Invitations – If a colleague or friend invites you to go on an Iftar meal, go along
This month of fasting is a spiritual time. Let us celebrate this occasion together with our Muslim brothers and sisters.