Ramadan: Time to Dissolve Barriers

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Place:

Dubai

Story:

Ramadan in the UAE

Objective:

To connect with 150 nationalities and explain the religion of Islam.

Ramadan is the holy month in which Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Holy Quran. In 2011 Ramadan is anticipated to commence on Monday 1st of August and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday 30th August.

Expatriates must follow and respect certainrules in the UAE during Ramadan. Eating, drinking or smoking in public, and playing loud music (including in your car) is classed as disrespectful, and violates the law.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three day holiday called Eid al Fitr, the official dates for which are not announced until the sighting of the moon however it is estimated that it will fall on the 31st of August.

The Ramadan Forum-

The 10thRamadan Forum comprises a series of lectures delivered an array of renowned Islamic scholars in the World. It will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The Ramadan Forum has certainly become one of Dubais most important annual events held during the Holy Month of Ramadan. It’s usually centered around a theme and this years theme is Faith and Security.

“It is the best time [to visit Dubai] for those interested in Islam and our culture. The Ramadan Forum has attracted over a million visitors since its inception nine years ago,” said Hamad Mohammad Bin Mejren, executive director at the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Dubais DTCM has been organizing this event every year since it was inaugurated in 2002, with the aim to meet the demands of its target audiences from various sectors of the society. The tent was visited by people of different nationalities, including families.

Throughout the past nine years, the Forum has hosted more than 100 of the most renowned personalities, including Sheikhs and opinion makers in the Arab World. Al Hashemi pointed out that the objective of the Forum is to stimulate religious tourism and related activities.

The first of the Arabic language lectures will begin on the 4thof Ramadan. It will also include four lectures in foreign languages; Tagalog, English, and Malayalam.

Other events

  • A Quran memorization course, competitions;
  • A tent for daily iftars- Set up for more than 2,500 persons at the Al Muhaisnah Sonapur area;
  • an iftar programme (for non-Muslims) will be held at Obaid and Juma Al Thani House in Historical Shindagha;
  • Daily raffle draws with valuable prizes, are in the schedule.

This year the Forum will also welcome Amir Hawkins aka Loon, who was a famous rap artist and musician in the USA before reverting to Islam in 2009.

Ripples

Ramadan preparations are in full gear in the neighboring emirates too, with the Ramadan Festival in Sharjah; and several Ramadan activities being held in Abu Dhabi.

In Sharjah, the Ramadan & Eid Fair, part of the popular Sharjah Ramadan Festival, is the regions leading multi-products consumer show positioned as a comprehensive shopping platform for residents and visitors.

The emirate of Abu Dhabi holds several activities too, with Iftar meals across the region, charity programmes, Islamic lectures, Takatof Ramadan, the Ramadan and Eid Festival and Ramadan sporting events.

Overall view-

Ramadan being the most important month of muslims is celebrated with joy and faith. The Islamic culture followed in this region of the world could not have been enforced in a better manner. The forum has always helped bring awareness and acceptance among the non-muslims.

Sources: Gulfnews, albawaba, ramadanfair.ae, abudhabi.ae, expatechodubai

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