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The Month of Ramadan

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Ramadan

The Holy Month Ramadan is Just Arrived!

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.

The exact day that Ramadan will start is always depends on exact moon sightings. May 27 (2017) is slated to be the first day of the Holy Month.

UAE’s Islamic Crescents Observation Project told the state news agency WAM that the last day of Shaaban will be May 26, meaning the first day of Ramadan will be May 27.

During this month Muslims are required to fast (sawm) from dawn until dusk; abstaining from eating and drinking, smoking, and even chewing gum.

Iftar and Suhoor

Iftar is the meal to break the fast after sunset. Typically, people will enjoy dates, dried apricots and Ramadan juices, before heading to evening prayer. After that, large meals are the norm, usually with family and friends. Suhoor is a meal taken just before sunrise, before the day of fasting starts. Many hotels host smaller buffets, traditional activities and more to celebrate until the small hours of the morning.

During Ramadan days, UAE labour law stipulates that all workers are entitled to work two hours less each day (and yet still be compensated for a standard day, which according to labour law is eight hours). However, non-Muslims working in DIFC are not entitled to the extra two hours off due to the area following its own labour laws.

Although it often varies by industry, many businesses will have different opening and closing times, including shopping malls, grocery stores, cinemas and more. Double check times before you head out to avoid disappointment.

Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and so begins 10 to 12 days earlier each year. North American and European Muslim bodies have stated that Ramadan will begin on Saturday May 27 in that part of the world.

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