Ramadan 2018 is looking like to be from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 14 June (although we’re waiting on the final world from officials).
What is the month of Ramadan?
The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar. It is a special month for Muslims, where the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad on the night of Qadr, one of the last nights of the month of Ramadan.
Fasting Ramadan is the fourth pillar of the five pillars of Islam.
Muslims fast during the month of Ramadan on food and drink during the period between sunrise and sunset.
Ramadan is an important month in the Islamic calendar and in the United Arab Emirates, where it is considered the month of good, piety and charity
Celebrating Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates
Ramadan customs and traditions begin before the month of fasting during the month of Shaban. On the eve of the fifteenth day of the month of Shaban, which is called Hagg Ellaila, the Emirati child wears his best clothes and moves from house to house, singing and delivering poems. The neighbours, along with the sweets and nuts, are waiting for them, where the children gather them in a bag made of special fabric embroidered in traditional forms.
On the first day of Ramadan, the family meets in the family home for Iftar, usually the grandfather’s house.
In the UAE and the GCC countries in general, dates are the bread of the desert and the most famous elements of food that enter the preparation of different varieties of sweets and pastries Emirati in Ramadan, such as the disk is a small piece of bread mixed with dates and cardamom. In the month of Ramadan, the tables of Emirati families are not devoid of other well-known dishes such as mash and straw.
One can experience UAE hospitality and traditions during this month, where thousands of fasting people of different nationalities, backgrounds and social status gather around Iftar tables in an atmosphere that reflects Ramadan values of solidarity and equality.
The State is witnessing many cultural and educational festivals and festivals aimed at educating the public on how to deal with the Holy Month.
The annual competition for the best Quran reciter for students and adults is held in Ramadan, where the winners receive cash prizes and many more.
What to know about the month of Ramadan
The beginning of Ramadan
The month of Ramadan begins with the lunar calendar of 354 days. Thus, it progresses at an average of 11 days per year according to the Gregorian calendar.
The first day of Ramadan begins in the UAE following the official announcement of the Crescent Inquiry Committee in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Why is the month of Ramadan associated with seeing the moon?
The beginning and end of Ramadan is determined by the lunar Islamic calendar. Corresponds to each month of the phases of the moon, and lasts either 29 or 30 days.
The beginning of the Islamic month is determined through the screening of the crescent and its vision visually in the sky, a declaration for the beginning of next month.
The month of Ramadan begins with the first vision of the New Crescent, and its days extend to a period of 30 days, which is the entire moon cycle.
The month of Ramadan lasts for one full lunar cycle, usually 29 or 30 days. The duration of the new vision is determined visually.
Congratulations in Ramadan
The Muslim congratulates his brothers on this occasion, saying “Ramadan Karim.”
Respecting the Holy Month
A Muslim who is able to fast is required from dawn to dusk every day during the month of Ramadan.
The patient or pregnant woman shall be exempted from fasting if fasting constitutes a danger to health.
It is permissible for the traveller to have Iftar during travel and to fast what he breaks after the month of Ramadaan.
It is not necessary for a young adult to fast, but if he can without hardship, he is encouraged to do it.
In addition to abstaining from eating, drinking, or smoking, a Muslim must have good morals and get rid of the minor.
Muslims in addition to the usual five prayers, men and women pray Taraweeh daily after the evening prayer during the month of Ramadan.
During the last ten days of Ramadan, some Muslims spend the entire night in the mosques, praying and reciting the Holy Quran, all of them hope and hope that Allah will inform them of the Night of Power, the night that the revelation of the Holy Qur’an was revealed for the first time.
Purpose of Ramadan Fasting
Muslims fast the entire month of Ramadan, the fourth corner of Islam, and nourishes the soul and purifies the soul of impurities.
Ramadan is also a time of self-improvement, sacrifice, compassion, generosity and charity with those who are less fortunate.
When does a Muslim break his fast?
The Muslim breaks the fast at sunset when the voice of Morocco’s ears rises.
What does a Muslim break?
Like the year of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, fasting on eating dates and milk.
Meals in Ramadan
There are two main meals during the month of Ramadan. The end meal is called Iftar. Fasting on eating dates and drinking water and milk.
The second meal is called suhoor, the morning meal that precedes fasting.
Changes during Ramadan
Some changes have been made in order to facilitate the practice of the holy month of Ramadan and the organization of social life during Ramadan, including:
Working hours in Ramadan
In accordance with Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 on the Labor Law and its amendments, the UAE reduced the number of working hours by two hours a day. This decision applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims without detracting from normal wages.
Restaurant working hours
During the month of Ramadan, many shops are empty throughout the day, and all restaurants are closed, but it changes quickly as the sun goes down, and there are few restaurants that offer daytime delivery.
Some restaurants and cafes are open during the day, and people have the freedom to eat their meals in open restaurants or eat them in particular.
Supermarkets and grocery stores open as usual so that people can shop when they wish.