Ramadan is a holy month where practicing Muslims all over the world fulfill their religious obligation by fasting for 30 days, from sunrise till sunset, to cleanse their bodies of any impurities and to empathize with the less fortunate on a spiritual level.
While non-Muslims are NOT required to partake in fasting with their Muslim colleagues, neighbors and friends, there are a few changes that must be considered and respected in the month of Ramadan. This short guide will summarize the major changes that take place in a Muslim country, and will help non-Muslim expats navigate through their first Ramadan.
Greet your Muslim friends by saying “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak”, which means that you wish them a blessed Ramadan.
Practicing Muslims fast from dawn (Fajr prayer) till dusk (Maghrib prayer) everyday for 30 days. They refrain from eating, drinking or smoking during these times, along with any negative behavior such as lying or swearing.
To start their fast, Muslims enjoy a pre-fast meal before the Fajr prayer called Suhoor. After the Maghrib prayer, they break their fast with a feast called Iftaar.
The end of Ramadan is marked by the religious holiday “Eid Al Fitr”, which is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. In Muslim countries, this is a public holiday – the number of days off depends on your employer, but is generally 3 days.
Muslim countries have certain laws that ban specific behaviors in the month of Ramadan, so it is important to be mindful of them and respect the laws and traditions of the country you reside in. Here are a few rules to remember:
We hope this short guide was helpful, but if you have any other questions do not hesitate to ask your Muslim colleagues and friends for guidance, who would be happy to help!
Ramadan Kareem from MNM Medical Recruiters Canada!
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