Ramadan Frequently Asked Questions
Ramadan is one of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar and is an incredibly holy and religious festival. Of course, some of the inner workings of Ramadan are quite mysterious to those who have grown up around other cultures, so here are the most Frequently Asked Questions about Ramadan.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is one of the most special parts of the Islamic Calendar, it’s a whole month where Muslims will fast from sunrise until sunset. Muslims will choose not to eat, drink or smoke throughout the day while the sun is out.
Can non-Muslims get involved?
Non-Muslims can certainly get involved with Ramadan, you can try to fast alongside your Muslim colleagues or friends for a few days and enjoy an Iftar brunch together.
When is Ramadan?
The date for Ramadan depends on the moon’s cycle, so it should fall on or around the 15th of May and it should end around the 14th of June.
When is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and will fall on or around the 14th of June until the 17th of June.
What is iftar and suhoor?
Iftar is the meal that breaks the fast after sunset, it’s usually quite a lavish meal after a few dates or Ramadan juices as it helps to relieve any nausea before heading in for the real meal.
Suhoor is a small meal which is eaten before the sun rises.
Can I Eat or Drink in Public during Ramadan?
No, even if you are a non-Muslim, you cannot eat or drink in public during Ramadan. You cannot even smoke or chew gum in public. Not only is it disrespectful but it is also illegal, so be careful in public spaces.
Are there any other rules for non-Muslims?
Yes, if you’re a non-Muslim then it’s required that you dress modestly during the month of Ramadan. You should cover knees and shoulders in public and avoid revealing clothing.
Also, you should refrain from playing loud music in public during Ramadan. Keep your radio volume low and use headphones.