Continuing its tradition, Abu Dhabi Mall in Abu Dhabi is all decked up with Ramadan tents and decorations to greet its customers.
U.AE page provides information about how Ramadan is observed in the UAE, charitable activities conducted and common changes one experiences during Ramadan in the UAE.
Ramadan etiquette for non-Muslims
Non-Muslims do not have to fast in Ramadan. However, they are prohibited from eating, drinking and smoking in public during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum. Additionally, ensure that you do not:
- engage in any aggressive behaviour
- dance or play music in public although you may listen to music quietly with headphones
- wear inappropriate clothing in public
- swear as blasphemy is considered extra offensive during Ramadan
- refuse a gift, or an invitation to join someone at Iftar.
I always love to encourage children and use my blogging activity named Talent Share with the motto “A Talent or Knowledge Within You Is To Be Shared” for it. It is rare that I ignore such an opportunity when I get to know or notice.
During the final days of Ramadan a group of final grade boys from Abu Dhabi Indian School (ADIS) Muroor approached me and told me about their Principal Mr. Neeraj Bhargava’s captivating words: “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts us above ourselves.” A simple statement, but it echoed in their mind repeatedly and lead to a brainstorming session to what became the first of its kind by the school during the holy month.
Everything fell into place quickly for the student-teacher led initiative of collecting contributions to buy a thermal flask, fruits and dates for 500 laborers residing in a camp at Mussaffah.
Approximately 5000 students from Grade 3 to 12 participated wholeheartedly in this initiative. Each one of them enacted with a strong sense of respect, value and care to share.
On the evening of 11th June, the children set off with the items in their school buses accompanied by the staff to meet just before Iftar, the unsung heroes. It was a great feeling for the students who participated in this “Spirit of Giving”, charity event organized by ADIS.
“It started off as an idea to give back something small to those who give us silently so much. A week later we were filling the stomachs and setting smiles in many people”, said Ahmed Hashim, Grade 12 and Head Boy of Abu Dhabi Indian School.
Accepting the gifts and seeing the joy which radiated from the laborers made the students realize the infinite value of those simple but by now immensely precious items of love shared.
Participating in such an event for the first time, Aditya Mani, Grade 11 said, “It was a mixed feeling. On one hand, we could experience how they lived their daily life and on the other hand we could see the joy on their eyes. At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or what you’ve accomplished. It’s all about who’s spirit you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made feel better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
Continuing with his ever smiling expression, which was double this time he said, one of the recipient, who received our token of affection said to us “more than the food items, the gesture of giving us a flask brought memories of our families back home. We will take it back home as it will be more useful to our elderly parents”.
His classmate Umang Bhandari, Grade 11 said “We all learnt about how lucky we are. Seeing their happiness, gave us a joyous feeling that we felt couldn’t be fetched from any other materialistic actions. The happiness I saw in their eyes made me experience something inexpressible. It inspires me now to do something even better for them. After all, a human is a human who lives for other humans”.
Elachezhiyan Kavyan, Grade 8 concurred, “This was an amazing opportunity as I wanted to serve people and experienced it first time. Something new. How people live, not like us! Happy to see them. If there is any such activities in future, I will definitely participate”.
Commenting on the students initiatives, Mr. Bhargava concluded “Our school is a large mix of diverse culture in Abu Dhabi and prides itself not only on academic success, but also on creating school ethos which connects community at its heart. We actively encourage all students to get involved in charitable activities locally and internationally. Although our starting point was altruistic, we’ve found that by giving something to others we’re reaping rich rewards as a school of relevance. Specially, this is the Year of Zayed and the students touched base with his values and sure to inspire and contribute humanitarianly more next time.
Photos by Mohammed Adnan and Ahmed Razak (Grade XI).
Best wishes to the entire team and I am sure that this will be an inspiration for the student community of Abu Dhabi Indian School to continue with sustained interest and effort to serve the community around.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
#Ramadan delights from Sabir refreshments #inabudhabi
25 years and more, holding on, one of the oldest restaurants favoured by many bachelors and families for tasty food. Many of them used to avail the monthly payment system. During the holy month of #Ramadan they come out with tradional Kerala specials to break the fast.
Years back, It used to be a muddy path towards the restaurant, that has been well laid now. Still a good opportunity to #cycle #inabudhabi and test and taste who serves the best during this time of the year.
ISC Abu Dhabi all set for 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition.
In Commemoration of the Death Anniversary of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Father of the Nation, India Social & Cultural Centre is proud to organize the prestigious 2nd Holy Quran Recitation Open Competition in association with General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments commencing from 24th June till 6th July, 2015.
The event owing to its importance is expected to draw a large audience from Arab / Asian communities.
The Patron of the Organizing Committee is Capt. Mohammed Yousef Al Khouri and the event is benevolently supported by UAE Business Community .
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Suhail Bin Obaid Al Maktoum, Ruling family member from Dubai will inaugurate the event on 24th June, 2015 at 10:45pm. Also will attend Dr. Yusuffali M.A. Managing Director, Emke Lulu Group & Chairman, Board of Governors of ISC and Mr. Adeeb Ahamed CEO, Lulu International Exchange and Patron Governor of ISC.
Prayer facilities are arranged at ISC. There will be bus pick up and drop off from, Indian Islamic Centre and General Post office (MadinatZayed).
We request your active participation and support in this event to make it a grand success
For non-Muslims, it’s all about minding others
When in public, refrain from:
> Eating and drinking
> Chewing gum
> Playing loud music
> Wearing revealing or tight clothing
> Be yourself in private
> Participate in social events
> Try fasting
> Go to an iftar meal
> Drive more cautiously
> Make the most of it
Eid Al Fitr — The feast marking the end of Ramadan. Greet others saying ‘Eid Mubarak’
Zakat Al Fitr — Prescribed amount of money obligatory on every Muslim to feed one poor person in his region for one day.
Working with Muslim colleagues
> Understand that it is the most special month in a Muslim’s calendar
> Greeting colleagues with Ramadan Kareem is a nice way to cross into a new culture
> Working hours in some companies end earlier during Ramadan
> Try to avoid the following arrangements with your Muslim colleagues:
. Meetings, which include lunch
. Meetings extending after 5pm
. Department parties (or social events) during Ramadan
> It is common to take vacation during the last week of Ramadan
> The Eid holiday is a day off, especially for those with family
> If invited to share Iftar, accept it, it will be fun!
In addition to Suhoor and Iftar, other typical Ramadan activites include:
Visitation — social gatherings such as visiting relatives, sharing food with neighbours, friends and the poor
Taraweeh — optional prayer at early night (20-21 hrs)
Reciting — reading of the Quran during free time
Qiyam — optional late night prayers in the last 10 days
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