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Showing posts with label Fasting. Show all posts

Ramadan 2018 Iftar Guide

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Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year here in the UAE. It is when the whole country and its people including us expatriates embrace the spirit of the season. 

During this period, our Muslim brothers abstain from eating or drinking from dusk till dawn. They wait until sunset to break their fast. Traditionally, fast is broken by eating 3 dates and some water. Followed by a prayer called Maghrib. Only then iftar commenced. Iftar is the meal shared with family and friends after a long day of fasting. It is a meal either prepared at home or savored at many restaurants around town offering Ramadan buffet. 

Local families prepare a big meal for Iftar to share with the relatives and friends they invited over. One of the best ways to truly feel Ramadan is to join and have an Iftar meal whether it is in the comfort of a friends home or go out. But before you go, you may want to check first where to go.

Just make sure to book ahead of time.

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12 Tips to Make the Most Out of Ramadan

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Hi, beautiful people of the UAE and the world, I know it's been a while, I've been busy at work and was enjoying my mommy duties.

I missed you. How is your life going on? I hope things are well with you and those who surround you.

We are halfway the Ramadan month but I know 15 days is still a lot. Even I am not fasting I limit my lunch at work to only sandwiches and eat in the enclosure of our pantry, well sometimes I don't eat at all. Most of the people at my workplace are Muslims who fast. I respect them and I don't want to be a reason for temptation.

Fasting is not easy and it requires great self-control and discipline to do so. People who fast must be careful and should remember several things to make fasting a success. Here are a few tips to make the most out of Ramadan.

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Do's and Don'ts during Ramadan

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Whether you are a local, an ex-pat, or a tourist, the Holy month of Ramadan is a special time for everyone. It is a time for repentance, gratitude, compassion, and charity for our Muslim brothers.

For non-Muslim expatriates and tourists, it means a time to practice and exercise obedience to the rules of the country, show respect to our fasting Muslim brothers and immerse oneself in the culture and tradition of UAE during the holy month.

To make sure we don't offend anybody, here are some reminders of what to do and what not to do during this month of fasting and abstinence in the UAE.

1. Don't eat or drink in public before sundown. Hefty fines can be given to offenders, the worst the person can land in jail. If you need to eat, do it discreetly. Some mall's food court is open but concealed so you can have your meal over there. We are very lucky to have a tolerant society here in the UAE.

2. Don't play loud music as it can offend people who are fasting. Playing music using a headphone is good as long as it is not audible to people next to you.

3. Don't drive recklessly on the road. Be careful and mind other drivers. People who are fasting are rushing to get home for iftar, traffic accidents tend to increase in Ramadan.

4. Don't swear in public or use offensive hand gestures. Swearing in public, in general, is taboo in UAE, more so during Ramadan.

5. Don't kiss or hug your partner or friends of the opposite sex in public. It is a general rule not to display affection for the opposite sex all throughout the year, must be avoided strongly during this time.

6. Do dress appropriately. No sheer, too short, low-cut, or tight-fitting clothes. Avoid wearing shorts, mini-skirts, and sleeveless tops. It is a time when ladies can try wearing beautiful local fashion.

7. Do expect a dry month. Most clubs and bars will generally remain closed during the month of Ramadan, those who will remain open will serve alcohol only after sunset.

8. Do embrace the community spirit. Wish your Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan and join them when they invite you for iftar. Participate in charitable events and occasions.

9. Do go out at night and enjoy some Ramadan night market events. There are plenty of night markets and pop-up souks set up around the city. They have food and traditional souvenirs. These markets are a lot of fun if you're with family and friends. You may score some good finds too.

10. Do stay fit. Because of shortened working hours, we have more time for our family and ourselves. We have the tendency to eat more during Ramadan but we also have the time to burn those calories during the extra hours we have in the afternoon, during break shifts, or at night. Visit the gym or run in your community park running track for an hour. Eat a balanced meal. After all, Ramadan is also a time to cleanse, physically and spiritually.

It may seem like a lot of rules but Ramadan is only for a month so let's enjoy it while it is here.
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Diabetes Management during Ramadan

I was reading the August 2010 issue of Centerpoint Priveleges magazine and I can't help not to share this timely article published about diabetes management during the fasting month. I am willing to spread the news for the benefit of those who fast as well as those who don't but are diabetic patients and of their family.

It is good to know that something can be done to avoid unlikely situations.
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