Ramadan also know as Ramazan is the holiest month among the muslims all across the world. In this month muslims fast from dusk to dawn and remain absorbed in supplications.
If you are planing to travel to any of the Muslim dominated country during this month and to understand the significance of Ramadan read this short guide to Ramadan.
What is Ramadan
Muslims follow the lunar calendar and Ramadan is considered as one of the holiest month in the muslim world. Muslims in this month fast from dusk to dawn and abstain from all sinful behaviour and concentrate on prayers. Muslims believe in the five pillars of Islam and one among the being the fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Fasting is compulsory on every individual Muslim except those who are elderly, sick, pregnant, nursing or menstruating. Children who have not reached puberty are also exempted, although some still participate.
What is celebrated in Ramadan
Ramadan is the 9th Month in Islamic calendar and every day is being celebrated with utmost zeal and zest. Muslims believe that in this month the Holi book of Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So, in this month people do recite the Quran and in all the mosques people organise the evening prayers called as Taraweeh.
What it mean to Travellers
It’s important that if you are travelling to any of the muslim country you should understand the importance of Ramadan. Non-Muslims and foreigners are not necessarily held to the standards of Ramadan but one has to respect certain obligations during this utmost important month of Muslims.
Here are some of the things one need to keep in mind.
Eating in public during the month of Ramadan is considered as disrespectful. In some countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) eating in public is forbidden for muslims and you can also face some problems as a foreigner.
The best part travelling in this month is once the sun sets and people break fast you would enjoy the best of delicacies of the country. The market in most of the places remain open till the sun rises in the morning called as Sahar or morning meal. One can witness in cities, like Istanbul in Turkey a lively post-sunset atmosphere.
During this month people work less and spend most of their time in mosques. And the best part remains that people spent more time together specially during the time of breaking the fast.
So, while travelling to any of the Muslim countries in Ramadan one needs to be more respectful towards the practices muslims follow, have to be little flexible to visit the local attractions and have little patience.