The UAE begins its Ramadan customs in the middle of Shaaban, the month that comes before Ramadan. Hagg Al-Layla is the name of this day. Emirati children visit homes in the surrounding villages while dressed to the nines and reciting poems and songs. They are greeted by their neighbors with candies and nuts, which the kids collect in vintage fabric bags. Suhoor and Iftar are the two main meals of Ramadan. Suhoor is eaten right before the fasting hours begin, in the early morning hours before daybreak. The meal that is eaten that ends the fast is called iftar. In the Islamic world, fasting can be broken by dates and laban (buttermilk), following the path of the Prophet Muhammad. The family gathers for the first Iftar on the first evening of Ramadan at the home of the male leader of the family, who is typically the grandpa. Dates are revered as the “bread of the desert” in the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the GCC nations. The UAE military carries out this custom while taking the necessary safety measures. Health professionals advise against fasting for those who experience specific challenges, such as sickness or pregnancy. Travelers may break their fast later. Although many still fast freely, children are not compelled to do so until their teenage years. Muslims should avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in addition to refraining from wrong speech and actions.
Muslims do Tarawih prayers every day during Isha prayers in the middle of the evening as a supplement to the five daily prayers prescribed by Islam. Many devout Muslims spend the entire day reading and praying for the Quran in mosques throughout the last ten days in preparation for Laylat Al Qadr, the evening of the first reveal of the Quran. Throughout the whole month of Ramadan, it is appreciated to recite various chapters of the Quran every day. Ramadan’s devotion offers a spiritual experience. Muslims need to show self-control, sacrifice, and compassion for the less privileged. It promotes kindness and giving.
Contributing to the people in need during Ramadan will be much appreciated. It need not be financial; rather it might be Iftar food. In the UAE, it is typical practice to offer free Iftar dinners. In addition to other public locations, malls, and mosques also serve meals.
Several public and business organizations hand out boxes of food, dates, and water every day, just before iftar, at mosques and shopping centers. To help those in need, they also offer food under the name Al Mir Al Ramadan.
To worthy people in the UAE and overseas, RCA offers Ramadan supplies, Zakat Al Fitr apparel, and Eid clothing. Through its counters positioned at mosques, shopping centers, hospitals, and other public locations, people, businesses, and groups can donate to the Red Crescent Society.
Health advice for Ramadan
Eat dates to break your fast.
Consume freshly cooked meals slowly.
Don’t overindulge in coffee, sugar, or salt during the night; instead, drink plenty of water.
While fasting, avoid physical activity.