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Published: 2017-06-03   

7 Ramadan Reminders for Filipinos

We are now into the Holy Month of Ramadan. By now, you must have already known the general do’s and dont's. But reading up on a few more reminders wouldn't hurt, would it?

We are now into the Holy Month of Ramadan. By now, you must have already known the general do’s and dont's. But reading up on a few more reminders wouldn't hurt, would it?

Here are a few important things that everyone should keep in mind:

  1. Dress modestly.
    Ibalik na muna sa maleta ang mga off-shoulder tops, sleeveless blouses, shirts with plunging necklines at maiiksing skirts and shorts. As a general rule and at a minimum, keep your shoulders, chest and knees covered. This would also apply to men.

    But how about the beach? Essentially, beachwear is fine if you’re at the beach or in the pool. Outside these areas, cover up.

  2. Not only are eating and drinking not allowed; displaying food and drinks in public is also not okay.
    If you’re buying food and drinks from a restaurant or the grocery, make sure that they are properly packaged in opaque plastic bags. Kailangan nating intindihin na may mga nakakasalamuha tayong hindi kumakain. If you put yourself in their shoes, you wouldn’t want to be tempted by seeing a stranger holding your most favourite food, right?

  3. Do not judge.
    Not all Muslims are fasting as there are exemptions to the rule, such as women who are on their period. So in case you see a Muslim eating in daylight, don’t go asking why he/she is eating during Ramadan.

  4. Never compare it to a weight loss programme.
    Fasting during the Holy Month is a spiritual and religious rite. It must be treated with utmost respect. Remarks of comparing fasting to a way of losing weight are offensive.

  5. Be patient.
    During this month, we will be encountering people who may not want to talk much, are less energetic, or are sometimes mean. Be extra patient, they have not eaten or drunk anything the whole day.

  6. Move the karaoke parties—and any other events that would involve loud music and rowdy activities.
    Embrace the quiet, solemn atmosphere. It is okay to have a fun get-together but keep it low. Make sure you are not disturbing anybody who is asleep or in prayer. Singing or dancing in public are frowned upon. Observe proper decorum.

  7. Be careful on the road.
    Take extra care while driving or while crossing or walking down the street. Accidents are common around this time of the year as a lot of drivers are in a rush to break their fast.

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