Ramadan is a time of fasting and reflection where observing Muslims don't eat or drink for 30 days during the hours of daylight. For Muslims, Ramadan honours the month that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
It’s a time where Muslims devote themselves to their faith, teach self-discipline and remind them of the suffering of the poor.
Want to support your friends observing Ramadan? Here’s what you can do.
Join the Ramadan Spirit of giving to charity
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims put extra focus into giving to charity (sadaqah). They’ll often collect money for their chosen charity during the 30 days and donate this at the end of the fasting period.
You could support your friends and loved ones by donating to the charity of their choice – this will mean even more to them than you could imagine.
Wishing Muslims a Ramadan Mubarak goes a long way, and they really appreciate you taking the time to learn how to say it in Arabic.
‘Ramadan Mubarak’ or ‘Ramadan Kareem’ means ‘Blessed Ramadan’ or ‘Generous Ramadan’, and both can be used as a common greeting.
Don’t feel shy
Although your peers may be fasting, it doesn’t mean you can’t eat. They will never make you feel bad about having your lunch or drinking your coffee in the morning. As long as you’re respectful and mindful of the fact they won't join in, then it’s never an issue.
Opening your fast
We know that a lot of residents will be fasting at iQ and they might feel lonely during Iftar time (time to open the fast). So, eating with your friends or making their Iftar with them is a great way to spend time with them while showing them some love.
Not only this, but Muslims often spend Ramadan with their families, so those who can’t be with them will appreciate your efforts even more.
Not everyone will fast
Although Ramadan is a time where Muslims fast, there are some reasons why someone might not be fasting.
Be mindful that some Muslims might eat and drink, and try to avoid asking questions that might come across as personal or intimidating.
Give it a go
You can show some appreciation for what your friends are doing by trying something new for a day and observing a fast. It can be a great way to relate to and understand what your friends are doing in a respectful way.
We hope these tips make all the difference in supporting those around you who are fasting. Most importantly, to all our residents celebrating, we hope you have a Ramadan full of peace, love and blessings. Ramadan Mubarak from iQ.
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