“What Ramadan Means to Me”

UAE residents share their thoughts on the Holy month
Thursday , 14 July 2011
AlAnoud AlNiyazi
AlAnoud AlNiyazi
Mohieb Dahabieh
Mohieb Dahabieh
Ahmad Marei
Ahmad Marei
Noora Alikhan
Noora Alikhan
Reem Shamoun
Reem Shamoun
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Maria El Mniai
Maria El Mniai
Relationships - On
Farah Ibrahim
Farah Ibrahim
Mawan ‘DJ Bliss’
Mawan ‘DJ Bliss’
Simone Heng
Simone Heng
Ayman Fakoussa
Ayman Fakoussa
Areej S Khan
Areej S Khan
Maryam Azores
Maryam Azores
Shanila Ashraff
Shanila Ashraff

AlAnoud AlNiyazi
22, Marketing Assistant, Dermalogica Middle East

Ramadan is a blessed month, where it unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is the month to rejoice as well as for contemplation, spirituality and brotherhood. We can express gratitude to God, seek his forgiveness and aspire to become closer to him. During this Holy Month, one not only detoxifies the body but detoxifies the soul too. It purifies the heart and helps us glow from within.

Mohieb Dahabieh
32, Creative Director at MoDa’s Touch
Ramadan is principally about spiritual reflection, and, for me, it is about dwelling on the culture and heritage that Islam brings us. Last night I witnessed an astonishing sunset on a hill overlooking Tangier in Morocco. The city echoed dramatically with the azan of several mosques. That view evoked a recollection of climbing Mount Qasioun to overlook Damascus during Ramadan last year, but the emotions it stirred were as empowering and humbling as if it were my first such experience. Deeply moved, I acknowledged and gave thanks for all my blessings - all the people that matter and my career and good fortune which are often taken for granted in my fast-paced life.

Ahmad Marei
27, PR Account Manager at The Guild
Ramadan is the moth of forgiveness and to be closer to Allah by regularly praying and reciting the Quraan. It's also about helping poor people. It's a month of purity so in general Ramadan is the time to give more.

Noora Alikhan
29, Fashion Designer and Founder of NOOSH

For me, Ramadan is a month for peace and serenity. I designed a special collection to show just that! Ramadan to me is not only to abstain from food and beverages during the day but also a time for me to step back as much as possible from worldly affairs and use my time for more holy activities. I take this month as an opportunity to cleanse my body as well as my soul.

Reem Shamoun
27, Account Manager at BPG Group
Ramadan for me is the time to strengthen my faith. I fill myself with positive thinking and focus myself on the pure happiness of life. It is a time for intense spiritual training for me. The fasting and abstinence help me become a more patient, mature individual who understands the value of the essentials in life. Of course it is also a time to come together and keep company with my dear family and friends. I enjoy the feeling of good and charity all around us during Ramadan. Ramadan truly makes me reflect on a spiritual life of kindness, charity and togetherness.

Sumayyah Al Suwaidi
Grafika Stores Managing Director, Dubai
To me, Ramadan means kindness, appreciation, love, generosity and patience. I become a much calmer person and try my best to give to others and help as much as I can. Ramadan also means family; it brings my entire family together. We often have get-togethers during iftar so Ramadan also means happiness and a lot of sweets and desserts!

Maria El Mniai
Account Manager, Rawaj International
In the fast-paced, materialistic life we live today, Ramadan to me is an opportunity to pause and reflect on my actions, all the while remaining active.

This period creates a state of peace within me and I somehow feel serene - maybe because, as a Muslim I believe it is a special time of the year when the blessings of Allah are abundantly bestowed upon the believers.

On a more personal level, Ramadan has always been associated with priceless memories of all my family being gathered around the table, eager and happy, waiting for that moment when we break our fast. The delicious food, the sound of the canon of the citadel fired every sunset to let people know it is iftar time to break their fasting, eating sohour before dawn,….. the list can go on forever.   

Ramadan truly holds a unique position in my heart.

Wesam Fadel
Assistant Director of Marketing and Communication, Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai

For me, the Holy month of Ramadan is the month of forgiveness, family and going the extra mile to draw a smile on someone’s face!  Ramadan is a month to focus on other people, give endlessly and it’s also a self-cleansing token, for a fresh new start.

Farah Ibrahim
Media Relations Manager at Trans-Arabian Creative Communications (TRACCS)
Ramadan is a spiritual month and I look forward to more prayers and doua’a. Spending more time with my family is also important, encouraging each other to give more and help other people. One important thing that we need to do is keep smiling and maintain the great values and the real nature of this month while fasting. Ramadan Kareem.

Mawan ‘DJ Bliss’
30, DJ & TV Presenter
“In the hectic city we live in we often lose track of how fortunate we are in our day to day lives. Ramadan is that time of year which reminds us to appreciate the life we’ve been given and take the time to give back. During Ramadan my family comes first and I spend as much time with them as possible.”

Simone Heng
27, Radio & TV Presenter
“I am on air each day on 104.4 Virgin radio Dubai, so during Ramadan I don’t tend to talk about food or drink whilst I am on air out of respect.  Other than that life definitely slows down, which gives me time to reflect on my spirituality regardless of religion and spend time on my hobbies.”

Ayman Fakoussa
Image Nation
“Ramadan is a great time of the year as things tend to quiet down and I get to spend more time with my friends and family.  For me that’s what Ramadan is all about, being near my loved ones and enjoying lots of delicious Arabic food!”

Areej S Khan
23, Assistant Marketing Manager at TechAccess
“For me Ramadan is a time to reflect, believe and worship Allah. I look forward to days of fasting and long nights of Ibada’h (worshipping) and most importantly Layalatul Qadr night!

The trend today is to throw lavish iftar parties for your friends and families, but Ramadan is actually the month of giving and helping the lesser blessed Muslims. Instead of parties I will try giving food to the labour camps. My main pet peeve during Ramadan is the reckless drivers who want to reach home early – five minutes late for iftar won’t kill you, but rash driving will.”

Maryam Azores
27, Branch Manager at High Tech Solutions
“Ramadan is a very exciting month for me. I’m a newly convert Muslim and am looking forward to fasting with all the Muslims in the whole world, which of course only happens in the Holy Month of Ramadan. It’s the best testimony of how much we would give up for Allah – as a Muslim this is my chance to persevere with what Allah really wanted me to do for Him.”

Shanila Ashraff
26, Software Engineer at Iquara
To me Ramadan means a month of spiritual uplift. A whole month of peace and happiness - there is love everywhere. From family, friends, neighbours, grocery store owners, practically everyone. I love seeing the rush for the Taraweeh (long prayers) prayers at night, the cooking and preparation for iftar, the increased numbers at the mosque. You can feel a complete change in the environment. It’s just beautiful.