Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and as we know, it is a time for spiritual connection and personal reflection for Muslims. And besides reading the Quran and upping their charity efforts, one of the practices we are all familiar with when this sacred month arrives is our Muslim friends and colleagues go on a fast from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset.
But while it is something that we are all familiar with already, sometimes, it can still be a bit challenging to show our support considering that we might overthink all our efforts. So if you're unsure of what you can do while your Muslim friends are fasting, keep on reading to find out how you can operate during this sacred month.
Handle the situation with respect
There is no denying that religion is a touchy subject. But instead of treating it with hostility, it must be handled with respect. If you are someone who is very keen on understanding the significance of Ramadan, it's absolute that your Muslim friends would be more than happy to engage in conversation with you about the matter as long as you keep an open mind about it. It is a very individualistic experience, in a way, that the significance of Ramadan may vary from one person to another. So it might be interesting and educational to discuss how one understands their faith.
Spare the drama
With almost 2 billion followers across the globe, you would think that people would be more informed about Islam and the practices of Ramadan. However, a lot of Muslims still get approached with a tone of dramatised disbelief when asked about fasting. As mentioned earlier, the practice lasts from sunrise to sunset and the fast breaks by taking a light meal called iftar before they commence with the evening prayer. Water is also included in the things they do not consume during their daily fast. Plus, do not even get started on asking about weight loss. Again, remember that this is to practise their faith and they are not doing it for vanity.