Significance of the month in the beliefs of Muslims:
Ramadan which is also called Ramazan is the ninth month according to the Islamic calendar and is followed by Muslims all over the world. The month has its great significance according to religious beliefs of Muslims. This is known as a month of fasting which is celebrated to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Islam as five pillars and this annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. This month lasts for around 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to Islamic beliefs and is followed by Muslims all over the world.
Origin of the word:
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramaida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is compulsory or obligatory for adult Muslims but is exempted to those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breast feeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory during the month of Sha’ban, in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina. A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority called Fatwa have been issued declaring that Muslims who live in regions with a natural phenomenon such as the midnight sun or polar night should follow the timetable of Mecca, but the more commonly accepted opinion is that Muslims in those areas should follow the timetable of the closest country to them in which night can be distinguished from day.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food items, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behaviour that may prohibit the reward of fasting, such as false speech, insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc. and fighting except in self-defence. Food and drinks are served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of prayers, recitation of the Quran and an increase of doing good deeds and working for charity.
Basic rules Muslims follow during Ramadan:
- No eating, drinking, smoking or sex between sunrise and sunset is allowed.
- Keep yourself away from undesirable emotions such as anger, greed, envy, lust, and refrain from gossip or back biting
- Keep thoughts and actions pure and use the time of fasting for mental peace and spiritual feelings.
- Be charitable and help those in need so that even they can celebrate the festival with their families happily.
- Visit friends and family members to wish them and exchange gifts and wishes.
Ramadan in the Middle East Countries:
Work schedules are arranged during Ramadan, which impacts everyone in the UAE. In general, the working day is 2 hours shorter than the usual working day, during the Ramadan month. For everybody in the UAE, during Ramadan, it is strictly forbidden:
- Eating in public places between sunset and sunrise, even chewing gum.
- To drink (even water) or smoking in public places between sunset and sunrise
- To drink alcohol during the day, even in a hotel bar (this rule tends to change in some areas of Dubai)
- Listening to loud music other than religious in a public place.
At home, you remain free to do what you want, as long as it does not interfere with religious practices of Muslims.
Ramadan festival online sale UAE:
Price drop is generally seen during this festive month. All stores in the Middle East generally tend to lower their prices to facilitate easy and convenient shopping for the people. Tourists can also derive a lot benefit these days because the air tickets, tickets to tourist destinations in Dubai and other charges for hotels and lodges are lowered at this time of the year.
It is good time to avoid heavy crowds and stay and enjoy with ease.
Gulf Hotel prices during the festival:
Dubai: Hotels across the UAE are at their hospitable best this time of the year, with almost all hotels offering special stay and Iftar deals. Apart from drastic fall in prices for hotel booking online the hotels are offering great packages to attract customers at this time of the year. Their packages comprise of a single room, double room, family suites, etc. depending upon the number of guests. The packages are inclusive of suhour or breakfast, with the offer valid until the end of Ramadan period. In addition to this, guests staying at the hotel can enjoy iftar and suhour for free, until the end of the Ramadan. All hotels provide complementary packages along with their stays at this time of the year. In order to visit Dubai with the least prices this time of the year is most suitable one.
Super market sale:
The most suitable time of the year for shopping is now here. All online stores give heavy discounts on their products during this time of the year. One can shop for all the things or items needed whether it is electronics, cosmetics, clothing, shoes, accessories, and any other thing one wishes to buy. Super markets offer a range of discounts and deals across Dubai during the Ramadan Sale. In addition to Ramadan promotions, Ramadan markets are a great way to spend time with the family and spread love and care making the best time with the family. This is the time of the year to stock up for Eid and taking advantage of Ramadan special offers and discounts. Spend Ramadan in Dubai to see a whole new side to the city, learn about the local culture, try authentic Emirati cuisine and experience traditional festivities. The stores offer discounts up to 90% during this time. Grab all the products needed in your home at never found discounted rates. Make the full use of Ramadan season for shopping and spreading love and happiness.
Ramadan- A season of charity:
Ramadan focuses on charity and charitable deeds. The season focuses on doing charitable acts and making everyone happy. The people (Muslims) believe that the festival is equal for all whether the person is rich or poor. Everyone has equal right to celebrate this festival with full love and joy. So, for those who are poor and cannot afford to buy clothes, eatables, etc. charitable deeds are done. Boost your charity as well this Ramadan. Get clothes for the needy from online shopping stores that are giving huge number of discounts and make people happy. Spread a smile on the faces of those who cannot afford to buy things for themselves. Make others happy and by donating things and working for charity bring peace to your heart and mind as well. Grab on the deals and discounts offered by the stores on the purchases of new products.
To get more discounts one can use the coupons and codes available with them of different stores to get the percentage of discount prevailing with their coupons. Celebrate this Ramadan like never before and spread happiness and joy and bring Allah closer to your heart.