If it's your first or tenth time of experiencing Ramadan, it's always recommended and useful to read up on what the Holy Month is.
17 July 2013| Last updated on 11 December 2017
If this is your first Ramadan in Kuwait, you will notice a definite change roll over the city from the first day to the last day of the Holy month. A serenity and calm takes over, peace seems to surround the people and everyone is friendlier. If it is indeed your first Ramadan, please read our guide to familiarise yourself with what happens during this month.
During this month, all healthy Muslims fast from dawn to sunset when they must refrain from all food, drink, gum chewing, any kind of tobacco use and any kind of intimacy. People who are physically or mentally unwell are exempt, as are people who are travelling, women who are pregnant, who are menstruating and children under twelve. If the fast is missed, they should try to make up the fast at a later date, or make a donation to the poor instead.
Fasting or Sawm is one of the five pillars of Islam which all Muslims are expected to follow, the other four are Faith (Shahadah), Prayer (Salah), Charitable Giving (Zakah) and the Pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj).
During Ramadan, most Muslims will tend to wake up just before sunrise to eat a meal or some food and this is known as Suhoor. They will then not be able to eat or drink again until sunset when it is traditional to open the fast with a date and then eat and this meal is known as Iftar.
"All residents have to respect the month of Ramadan - which means adopting the following rules in public places during daylight hours."
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is one of the most important months for Muslims, so here's your handy guide to what you should - and shouldn't be - doing during the Holy Month.These are the main Ramadan pointers that you should be aware of. Keep them in mind throughout the month. People tend to enjoy the slow and relaxing pace of the city as a whole during this time, and you can too!
Ramadan always feels like a special time of year regardless of your faith. The Holy Month of Ramadan can be a special month for all as it is a month of giving, peace and introspect. There are things that you can do during this month to either join in or make the most of a more peaceful pace of life. Here we take a look at how you can join in the sentiments of the season. There's plenty to do - from learning a new skill, to fasting yourself to travelling!
Fasting during Ramadan falls on every ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide call this the “holy month” when they are encouraged to practice self-restraint by mainly fasting—no food and drinks, reflection in prayer,reading the Holy Koran and avoiding indulgent acts and things, in general. This month, however, means that people who are fasting are also prone to dehydration and headaches as they give up food and drink during the day. There is such a thing as a more effective and healthier way to fast.
Ramadan is a holy time of the year that is observed by Muslims across the world. During the Holy Month, observers fast during daylight hours. Across the world, daylight hours can vary with the seasons in different countries.Varying countries and cities will have different hours of daylight. Therefore, it is worth bearing in mind that fasting during Ramadan across the world can equal to over thirteen hours!
Ramadan is a very special time of year - so embrace where you are and join in - why not try fasting to see what it is like? Do something for charity in the spirit of the season - thinking about others less fortunate than ourselves.