Ramadan for non-Muslims: An Etiquette Guide
There are 7 billion people in the world. And a full 22% of them — 1.6 billion — are fasting from sunup to sundown. Every day. For an entire month.
1. You can totally eat in front of us ….
2. … but try not to schedule a work lunch
3. You don’t have to fast with us …
4. … but you can join us for Iftar
5. You don’t have to know when it begins …
6. … but please be a little flexible
7. We’ll still go for coffee with you …
8. … but we may keep our distance
9. You can say “Ramadan Mubarak”
10. … but please don’t say “I should fast too. I need to lose weight”
Ramadan isn’t just about avoiding food and drink from dawn and dusk. You can’t lie or slander someone. You also can’t lust after things. You shouldn’t do any of those things anyway. But to do them during Ramadan is especially bad.
The idea is to use this month to cultivate self-discipline that you’ll keep practicing the rest of the year. In that sense, think of Ramadan as a spiritual detox.