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CONNECTOR.AE 16 CONNECTOR.AE 17 Lifestyle Lifestyle Dos And Don’ts For Drinking And Eating In Public Dos’ And Don’ts On How To Behave Around Muslims During Ramadan Ramadan Phrases To Know For The Holy Month Dos: • Accept food and drink offered during Iftar as a sign of respect and friendliness. Dos: • Try fasting for a day to understand the experience of Muslim friends and colleagues. • Exchange Ramadan greetings, such as ‘Ramadan Kareem’, to show respect and goodwill. • Participate in charitable activities by donating to Ramadan camps and charity organisations. • Join Muslim colleagues for Iftar to break the fast together and experience Dubai’s excellent Iftar offerings. • Consider attending an at-home Iftar or cooking Iftar meals with friends or family. Don’ts: • Abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum in public during daytime to show consideration for those fasting. • Avoid consuming water at the gym and private beaches during fasting hours. • Practice self-restraint when consuming food and beverages in your car, ensuring the interior is not visible. • If seen eating or drinking publicly by mistake, apologise and avoid repeating the error, as Ramadan emphasises patience and forgiveness. Don’ts: • Avoid playing loud music or swearing in public, as it may offend those who are fasting. • Refrain from getting into arguments or fights, as Ramadan is a time of peace and serenity. • Avoid public displays of affection, as it can be considered inappropriate during Ramadan. • Be mindful of using strong language or making jokes that could be deemed inappropriate for fasting Muslims. • Use headphones instead of playing music loudly, especially during prayers or the call to prayer, out of respect for the Holy Month. Suhoor: Avoid playing loud music or swearing in public, as it may offend those who are fasting. Iftar: After sunset, Muslims break their fast with Iftar, typically starting with a date, and share this meal with family or community after the evening prayer. Zakat al-Fitr: Zakat al-Fitr, also known as the Charity of Breaking the Fast, is obligatory during Ramadan, reflecting the Islamic principle of charity to those in need. Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawwal, the 10th lunar month. Muslims celebrate with traditional festivities, including food, drink, and prayer.