CAIRO - Offering non-Muslims a chance to experience Ramadan fasting, a special event has been organized by a Dubai festivals authority, inviting non-Muslims to fast for a day and try iftar gathering with Muslims.
In fact, Fast For A Day' was aimed at enlightening our friends and guests from non-Muslim communities on not just the significance of Ramadan but also on the Islamic and local way of life, Yousuf Mubarak, Executive Director, Government Affairs at The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) told Gulf News on Wednesday, July 31.
The large turnout at this unique cultural event, which coincided with the Zayed Humanitarian Day on the 19th day of Ramadan, is evidence of the strong desire by people from various nationalities and faiths to learn and understand about different cultures.
The Fast For A Day' event and Iftar gathering were held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Organized by The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the event hosted all participants of the Ramadan in Dubai' event on Sunday, July 28.
The event offered non-Muslim visitors and expatriates the opportunity to experience Ramadan fasting.
It has also laid a special emphasis n the need to promote cross-cultural understanding.
The event was preceded by a week-long social media that encouraged residents and visitors to sign up for the Fast For A Day' event.
During the iftar, attendants were offered special lectures covering Islamic culture, customs and food habits related to fasting.
On behalf of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment, I would also like to extend my appreciation to all participants and the various government entities for their valuable support that ensured the success of our First Fast For A Day,' Mubarak said.
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, started in UAE on Wednesday, July 10.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Around the globe, Muslims observe Ramadan with a set of traditional rituals including family gathering at iftar, religious lessons, special evening prayer and helping the poor.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.
Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur'an and good deeds.
The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the month.