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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.


Know what to say or not to say


In the age of social media, greetings like Ramadan Mubarak or Ramadan Kareem often fill our feeds during this season. However, one must ask ourselves: did we even bother to know what it means or is it simply jumping on the bandwagon? Making sure that it is heartfelt and not just a way to join a fad of people greeting each other online makes the gesture genuine. In fact, it is strongly recommended to greet your Muslim friend or co-worker a simple well-wishing in your own language like 'Hope you've had a peaceful Ramadan' or ask them how their Ramadan is going so far as a more personal approach rather than saying the greetings without even actually knowing what they stand for or without even learning how significant Ramadan is. 




Consideration is well appreciated


It is understandable to feel that it is rude to eat in front of someone who's fasting. But your Muslim friends and co-workers do understand and would definitely not reprimand you for doing so. You can always ask them how they want to approach the situation and some might even invite you to fast with them for the day. Again, it is an experience that varies for everyone, so you can always ask them how to approach the situation if you're having doubts. Still, it is always a nice gesture to make sure you are not gobbling up your food in an 'in your face' manner.





At the end of the day, it's your open-minded support that is the most important


Just remember that Ramadan is sacred and important to your Muslim friends and colleagues. Dramatising your reactions or suddenly putting an unnecessary spotlight on them just because of the occasion is not the way to do it. Continue treating them the way you usually do. Ramadan doesn't suddenly change them into a person you couldn't have a normal conversation with, you know? But do respect their boundaries when they need to pray or fast, and should they invite you to share the experience with them, whether it be fasting or joining their family for dinner, take it as an appreciation of their religion and culture. 


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It has been recently reported that Google is joining the tech-crossing-over-to-fashion trend with a new feature called Style Match. The feature allows Android users to use both the Google Lens app, as well as the site's search engine, to pinpoint and then buy apparel and objects in real time. The feature can also be used to use an Android phone's camera to immediately understand what an object is. 




But while we can say goodbye to overly descriptive Google search terms with this point-and-search/buy feature, it still raises major questions when it comes to practicality and privacy. 


First, if you want to purchase something you found in-store, wouldn't it be easier to take it to the counter and pay for it right then and there than using the Style Match feature to look it up and purchase it? Sure, it would come in handy if you saw the product in a catalogue but in this day and age, how is it any different from online shopping? 


Another instance is that seeing someone wearing a piece that you are interested in. Using the feature to find out where you can buy the fancy shoes they're wearing can be useful, only if they are standing still and if you can do so discreetly. Otherwise, we believe it would be easier to just ask them where they got the item, don't you think?


Lastly, innovation involving artificial intelligence and the usage of monitoring features like camera access has proven to cause a major privacy issue recently. From face recognition to fingerprint and retina scanning, these may all seem cool and 'once upon a time in movies' advancements, but at the end of the day, it makes it easier to harvest this very sensitive personal information. Who would forget the recent Facebook privacy fiasco, right?




Convenience has a price and we are already living in a world where we are reaping technology's innovations. But with it bordering on the littlest details of our lifestyle, especially considering that this is where the beauty and fashion industries are headed, are we sure we want to test its maximum capabilities?



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