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[1: 311 of 10,000] Holy Month of Ramadan

In Article on August 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Today is the beginning of Ramadan for our Muslim brothers. Being in United Arab Emirates, we would have a sense of participation for the event and here were my observations having to experience it for the 4th time:

  • Ramadan Kareem is usually a greeting which means Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that lasts about a month and Kareem is generous.
  • This year this event is for the whole month of August 2011; which is quite challenging because it is at the same time for the hottest season of summer.
  • Special prayer timings are out for Muslim as guide.
  • Office timings are reduced to 6 hours (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM without lunch break.)
  • Restaurants don’t serve food to public until sunset or it’s Iftar time.
  • Rich families give free food during Iftar especially the royal families. One of my favorite scenes in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E wherein free food was served in a pretty huge man-built tent.
  • Tickets for charities are abundant.
  • People are usually calm and kind.

This season truly reminds me how respectful I am to tradition but more so on the dedication on praying, fasting, and being generous to others. A blessed Ramadan indeed for everyone!

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