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The ninth month in the Islamic calendar has started and with it, Muslims around the world will fast from dawn until dusk. During June 6 and July 5, Muslims will abstain from eating, drinking and smoking, as well as participating in anything that is ill-natured or excessive.

While non-Muslims are generally well aware of the do’s and don’ts, here are some top tips that will help you show respect to followers of Islam during Ramadan.

The do's ...

  • Try to understand the spiritual concept behind the fasting and denial
  • Respect that locals will leave work early to go home and prepare dinner
  • Appreciate the low energy levels of colleagues
  • Carry food and water with you as many restaurants may be closed
  • And finally, enjoy the breaking of the fast at a Ramadan bazaar

Don't ...

  • Eat, smoke or drink in public. People will understand that you are not of the faith and will not expect you to fast ... but they will expect you to be sensitive

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