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It’s Time to be Patient: Respect Ramadan Rules, Fostering Sense of Unity

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on March 12, 2024, 13:42:50


Holy Month Ramadan underway residents visitors UAE

With the Holy Month of Ramadan underway, residents and visitors in the UAE are reminded of the importance of observing the rules and traditions associated with this significant time in the Islamic calendar.

Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer, reflection, and charitable acts for Muslims worldwide. However, for those unfamiliar with the customs or unaware of the local laws, it's crucial to understand the implications of breaking Ramadan rules in the UAE.

Eating in Public: One of the most noticeable rules during Ramadan is the prohibition of eating or drinking in public during fasting hours. This rule applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims out of respect for those observing the fast.

While restaurants and cafes are usually open during the day, they typically have designated areas where patrons can dine discreetly without offending those fasting.

Breaking this rule by openly eating or drinking in public can result in penalties, including fines or even imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense and the discretion of law enforcement authorities. Residents and tourists alike need to be mindful of their actions and respect the cultural norms during this time.

Children are permitted to eat and drink in public during Ramadan.

If you unintentionally eat or drink in public, it's advisable to apologise and strive to avoid repeating the mistake.

Begging:Another practice that is strictly prohibited during Ramadan in the UAE is begging. While begging is generally illegal throughout the year, it is particularly frowned upon during Ramadan when the community is encouraged to focus on charitable giving through official channels and organisations.

Individuals found begging during Ramadan may face legal consequences, including fines and deportation, as it is considered a violation of the country's laws and cultural norms. The UAE authorities take a zero-tolerance approach to begging, especially during this sacred time, to maintain the safety and well-being of the community.

Fundraising:While charitable giving is highly encouraged during Ramadan, fundraising activities must be conducted through approved channels and registered charities.

Any unauthorised fundraising or solicitation of donations, especially in public spaces or through unverified means, is strictly prohibited and can result in legal consequences.

Residents and organizations wishing to conduct fundraising activities during Ramadan are advised to seek proper authorisation from the relevant authorities and ensure compliance with local regulations to avoid penalties.

Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-discipline and compassion. It's essential for both residents and visitors in the UAE to respect and understand the significance of this Holy Month for Muslims.

By observing the rules and traditions associated with Ramadan, individuals can contribute to fostering a sense of unity and respect within the diverse community of the UAE.

(The writer is a legal associate at Dubai-based NYK Law Firm)

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