Guide to none Muslims to be aware of certain things During Ramadan.
Many none Muslims living or having encounter with Muslims during the wholly months of Ramadan, can be unsure about how to act fearing offending them especially if you do not necessarily know much about the Muslims fasting months.
Here are some tips to help you:
During the month of Ramadan Muslims around the world seek to attain higher standards of morality and virtue, not only stopping to eat and drink from sunrise to sunset, but also from impure thoughts, quarrelling, offensive words, and all other impurities of the mind and soul.
· Seizing eating, drinking and smoking in front of Muslims would be considered a very polite gesture. Avoid doing those things in public places, your car or any other place where you could be seen.
It is important to mention that in some Islamic countries it is a criminal offense to be caught eating or drinking in public and you could face a month in jail and a hefty fine.
Most of the restaurants will be closed during the day so it is advisable to eat before you leave your accommodation. Most hotels will have an enclosed area where they will continue serving food all through the day!
· Wearing more clothes that are conservative for both men and women during the month of Ramadan would be a good idea. Avoid wearing shorts, skirts above the knee. Women would be advisable to wear long sleeves.
· In many Arabic and Muslim countries our advice would be avoid showing gestures of affection in public, but take extra care during the month of Ramadan.
· Swearing is a no no. Be extra careful how and what you say especially in public places.
· Loud music and dancing are considered disrespectful during Ramadan. Nightclubs will be closed, some bars might be open and alcohol will only be served after sunset. Needless to say, we recommend that you avoid drinking at all times if you can.
· When planning Business meetings, keep in mind that all government offices will work until 2.00pm and private sectors will work 2 hours less than normal. Practice Ramadan friendly etiquette and be extra gentle in your discussions.
· If you get invited for Iftar. Accept and join their meal and avoid getting into deep religious conversations. You can always get into the spirit of Ramadan by trying to fast or maybe do something charitable.
· You can always take initiative and greet your Muslim Friends by saying “Ramadan Kareem”