RAMADAN is a holy month for the Muslims. The reward Muslims receive from Allah for doing good and righteous deeds are tremendous. Muslims normally double and triple their acts of worship throughout the month with the hope for a total forgiveness and salvation from the Almighty Allah. They strive to avoid vices life’s superfluities and all that may spoil their fast as possible.
Narrated Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him [pbuh] said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan in a sincere faith and a hope to attain (the reward from Allah), his former sins shall all be forgiven”.
Muslims expect from those who embrace a different persuasion to respect our norms and traditions during the month, and train themselves to maintain the same after the month is over. To mention a few notes:
Refrain and abstain from eating, drinking, chewing and/or smoking in public. Some non-Muslims may take the matter lightly, where in fact some Muslims may take it as a serious offense, others may take it as a sign of disrespect for them, and a disobedience to Allah who commanded the fasting of this month.
Dress code is another essential matter to observe. Some Westerners and Asian women take the liberty to wear shameless outfits with the pretense it a summer time. Such an outfit may provoke some Muslims to call the authorities to arrest such disrespectful women.
Loud music, especially during fasting, or prayer times at night, is yet another matter not welcomed at all.
Illicit acts of personal and/ or sexual nature between a couple, married or otherwise, is absolutely unwelcomed by the Muslim public, and is illegal by law of the land.
Keeping these points in mind may save someone an embarrassment or an unpleasant circumstance and at the same time, maintain with the public the spirit of Ramadan.
To better understand Ramadan, I challenge and invite all non-Muslims to give this Ramadan a “try” by observing its “Dos” and “Don’ts” for as many days as possible. If Muslim children and kids can do it, it’s a shame if adults cannot.
We ask Allah to help us make it to Ramadan, and accept from us our deeds, supplications and prayers, Amen. Ramadan Kareem to all.