The Holy month of Ramadan is always surrounded with speculations and myths especially in a country like Qatar, where we have a very diverse culture. Even though it is a Muslim country, there is a large expatriate community in Qatar and all of them may not be aware of the Ramadan customs. So, it is always useful to educate those around us and answer a few questions. Here we give you a list of myths we would like to bust – Ramadan police are on the loose!
The Question of Eid
The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr always falls right after Ramadan and people often confuse it to be after a set number of dates. Well, unlike the calendar, Ramadan does not necessarily have 29 or 30 fixed days. Ramadan ends when the first silver of a new moon is seen, either on the 29th or 30th days, and Eid is celebrated accordingly. Similarly, the month starts the same way as well.
All Muslims fast because the religion says so
Where it is obligatory to fast during this month, seniors, pregnant women, young children, those who may do harm to themselves by fasting, diabetic or other patients are exempted from fasting. It is not only a practice of staying away from water and food, it is basically a soul and body cleansing ritual for everyone as it helps you to control not only your hunger but your tongue as well. It is encouraged to spend on others and help those in need during this month as it is considered the holiest time of the year. Therefore, those who do not fast can always feed the needy on their behalf.
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Wait! Don’t swallow your saliva – you’re fasting!
Your body creates certain enzymes to go on with the daily functions and creating saliva in your mouth is one of them. It is a natural process and swallowing it is not giving yourself some food to quench your thirst or feed yourself. So, myth busted!
Brushing your teeth is forbidden during fasting
This might be one of the most common mistake that everyone makes. Where we will not emphasize on brushing teeth for hygienic reasons, the Holy Prophet PBUH has allowed the use of siwâk. Furthermore, if people are still not sure about the use, a dental floss will always be your best friend for obvious reasons.
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Oh I’m sorry, you’re fasting.
People usually start to tip toe around those who are fasting. Since we live in a culturally diverse country, it’s okay to carry on with your normal life. Yes, some people avoid eating in front of Muslims out of respect but we don’t expect you to stay thirsty and hungry for this. What is life without a little challenge?
Intermediate Fasting Helps in Losing Weight
Oh yes, we agree. But this is not what the Holy Month is for. Intention is everything when it comes to this and it is best to avoid fasting with the intention of losing weight. Fast to cleanse yourself from everything and you will find yourself reaping in the benefits of this decision. We would also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that overeating during Iftar might not be the ideal thing either. Be sensible with the way you perceive this month and make use of all the blessings you are being showered with
This Ramadan, we're all about Fast, Love & Pray!
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