In a few days, Muslims all over the world will enter the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, also known as the Holy Month of Ramadan, when the Quran was revealed by Allah to mankind.
This means that for 30 days, Muslims will be extra devoted to spiritual reflection and practice self-discipline and self-restraint by abstaining from food, liquids and sexual activities from sunrise to sunset.
Since the local calendar is based on the phases of the moon, the first day of Ramadan will only be confirmed once the new moon is sighted. This year, it is anticipated to fall on or around July 20 – right in the middle of crazy hot summer (when the average temperature around here is usually over 40 degrees Celsius) and only a few days away from the beginning of the 2012 Olympics in
I actually found an interesting article online that talks about this: How to Compete in the Olympics While Fasting for Ramadan. It explains that there are actually ways around it...
Now, if you are not a Muslim, but are planning to be in the UAE during Ramadan, do remember that rules and regulations also apply to you while in public. So, from dawn to sunset…
NO liquids, not even water
NO food, not even gum
NO show of affection, not even holding hands
NO bad habits, not even one cigarette
For more info, take a look at one of my previous posts: The Holy Month of Ramadan, from September 2010.
Ramadan Kareem (Blessed Ramadan) to all!