Posts Tagged ‘religion’
There’s no doubt that for non-Muslim expats life in Dubai changes during Ramadan, but it’s equally true that this annual observance provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditional culture and cuisine of our fair Emirate. Tolerant though it is, Ramadan serves as healthy reminder that Dubai remains a predominantly Muslim city. As such, it is vital to understand the rules of public conduct during the Holy Month. Here are some essential do’s and don’ts to steer you in the right direction. But remember, Muslim or not, all can appreciate the overarching themes this month, that of of tolerance, compassion, gratitude and above all charity. Read more
Islam is a religion, and Muslims are the people who follow this religion through the Koran, the word of Allah (God). An estimated one in every five people from all races, nationalities and cultures across the globe are Muslim. Unlike popular belief, around only 20% of all Muslims are Arabs and 33% of all Muslims actually live in the Middle East. Islam is founded on five principles: Declaring there is no God but Allah, praying five times a day, charity, making a pilgrimage to Mecca and fasting during Ramadan. Read more
The traditional black and white colour that the UAE Nationals wear is not a look of religion, but is about modesty and cultural influences. When an Emirati woman leaves her home, she covers herself with a long black cloak called an “abaya” which is paired with a headscarf called a “sheyla.” A woman should only be seen uncovered by men ineligible to marry her, and therefore does not need to cover in front of her father, father in law, grandfather, brothers, nephews, sons, grandsons and uncles. Read more
Ramadan is the month where Allah revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) so that he could convey the message to mankind. It falls on the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is the Holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan begins by the sighting of the new moon which is announced by the Ramadan Crescent sighting committee. During the month every Muslim should practice “saum” – or abstinence – which means they refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, cursing, arguing, lying, fighting and any sexual activity from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is a test of a Muslim’s sincerity to his or her belief and is intended to develop piety or consciousness of Allah. Read more
Unexpected death is devastating enough, but the tragedy only gets compounded with related troubles and traumas – ranging from frozen bank accounts to disputed family assets; businesses being handed over to undeserving partners, and sometimes, children being entrusted to people you have not chosen personally. Read more
You may feel you are just getting back into the swing of life back in the sandpit after a long two month vacation but believe it or not it’s time to start planning for the next holiday – Eid Al Adha.
This festival will be falling in the second week of November with many schools closing from 5th to 10th November so the team at Expat Echo Dubai have come up with a few ideas for short getaways. Read more