The Spirit of Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is a time of fasting, introspection and prayers.
The first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during this month, which lasts for one complete moon cycle (usually 29 or 30 days).
Reading the Qur’an, reflecting on its teachings, doing good deeds, and paying Zakat (charity to the poor), all encompass the true purpose of Ramadan.
It is also the perfect time to build self-discipline and empathy for those less fortunate.
Fasting is obligatory for Muslims during this month, with some of the exceptions being children, elderly, those who are ill, as well as women who are pregnant or nursing.
As the UAE marks the holy month, here’s a selection of stories from across the country:
Charity and alms
Curbing food waste
Breaking your fast and staying healthy
Think of others
Eye on Health
Helen Farmer welcomes into the studio Rashid Al Tamimi, Senior Presenter at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and Dr. Farhana Bin Lootah, Consultant of Internal Medicine, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre.
They discuss all the things you need to know about fasting this Ramadan, from being exempt to how to brush your teeth