What Can You Not Do During Ramadan? Here Are 11 Don’ts

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Whether it’s your first time celebrating Ramadan or you need a refresher on what to respectfully avoid during this holy time, our list will guide you. Here are 11 respectful practices to keep in mind during the month of Ramadan.

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What is Ramadan? 

Ramadan is a special time for the 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. It’s the month Muslims believe Allah proclaimed the first verses of the holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed. This is when Muslims engage in a month-long fasting, abstaining from food, liquids, etc. From what you already know, this is one of the main things to avoid during Ramadan. After fasting from sunrise to sunset, Muslim families and communities gather to break the fast with an evening meal called Iftar. For the Islamic world, Ramadan is a joyous celebration that unites Muslim families and helps them get closer to God through worship, gratitude, charitable acts, and practicing kindness.

When is Ramadan in 2024?

This 2024, the Holy month of Ramadan starts in the evening of Monday, March 11 and ends on Tuesday, April 9. 

What Can You Not Do During Ramadan?

Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection and focus. For Muslims who fully dedicate themselves to these practices, certain activities are best avoided during this holy month. Let’s delve into what not to do during Ramadan!

  1. Don’t eat or drink during daylight hours: Abstain from consuming any food or liquids from the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) until the evening meal (Iftar)
  1. Don’t smoke or vape: Avoid inhaling or consuming tobacco from dawn until sunset. Not only can it worsen certain health conditions, but the particles from smoke can still reach the stomach, essentially breaking your fast.
  1. Don’t lie or gossip: Negative behaviors such as spreading lies and gossiping are considered sinful in Islamic culture. Steer clear of insulting, backbiting, or sharing false information about anyone.
  1. Don’t engage in anger or disputes: Practice restraint to avoid conflicts, arguments, or any form of anger. If you’re a non-Muslim who has a fasting friend, be respectful of these practices and cautious of showing any negative behavior around them.
  1. Don’t use negative speech: There are different opinions within the Islamic faith about whether or not swearing or any negative speech breaks the fast. Regardless, Muslims are encouraged to be kind and abstain from harmful language, such as profanity or offensive comments, because it’s a sin in Islam.
  1. Don’t indulge in desires: Limit activities that focus solely on pleasure, such as excessive entertainment that distracts you from your religious duties and spiritual reflection, which go against the discipline of Ramadan. There are plenty of ways to have a good time during Ramadan, such as preparing meals for suhoor and iftar as a family, performing acts of kindness towards the community, and socializing with Muslim peers.
  1. Don’t waste time: Utilize time for spiritual growth and worship rather than engaging in non-productive activities. Increasing your time of worship during Ramadan is a great way to bring yourself closer to Allah.
  1. Don’t oversleep during the day: While rest is important, excessive sleeping can interfere with the opportunity for worship and reflection. This can be a struggle, especially for young children who need more rest time than adults. You can give them short naps throughout the day. Hence, they still have time to participate in Ramadan activities between naps.
  1. Don’t skip prayers: Maintain diligence in observing the five daily prayers, especially during the holy month. Create a prayer routine during your fasting hours, as they are the best time for worship. Fasting allows you to focus more on your spiritual connection with God.
  1. Don’t ignore acts of charity: The month of fasting is also a month of charity and community. Take every opportunity to give and help others through donations or acts of service.
  1. Don’t neglect acts of worship: Participate in increased religious activities, such as performing a special prayer a night called Taraweeh prayers, which also includes the recitation of the holy Quran throughout the month.
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Final Thought on Things You Can Not Do During Ramadan 

As we embark on the journey of Ramadan, it’s essential to embrace its spirit of spiritual reflection, discipline, and community. By adhering to these 11 respectful practices, we honor the sanctity of this holy month and deepen our connection with Allah and each other. Let’s remember to abstain from what’s forbidden, engage in acts of kindness, and prioritize worship and charity. This will enrich our Ramadan experience and foster a sense of unity and devotion that transcends borders and cultures. Ramadan Mubarak to all!

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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