Muslims around the world are preparing for the holy month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is marked by fasting and reflection.
This year the month may be very different for Muslims across the world, as the traditional gatherings with family and friends to break the fast every night will be put on hold in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, if you are still seeing your man or are even quarantening together, there are some stuff you need to know about him and his ways, just to be more respectful and understanding.
Those who are sane, healthy and have reached puberty are obliged to fast during Ramadan. If someone is unwell or travelling during the month they should not fast – but they will need to fast at a later date instead.
So, what can your man do on Ramadan?
- He can rinse his nose and mouth with limited water – but if swallowed, the fast is invalidated
- He can shower but once again, swallowing the water is not allowed
- Having injections for medical or nutritional reasons is permitted, as is using a suppository or douche
- Accidentally swallowing dust or saliva is allowed and does not invalidate the fast
- Tasting food then rinsing it away without swallowing is allowed
- You can also hug and kiss your partner as long as you don’t have sex
What is he not allowed to do on Ramadan?
- He cannot eat or drink by choice – but if he does so accidentally (if you forgot), it does not invalidate the fast.
- He can’t have sex during the fasting period (i.e during daylight hours) – so if you do have sex you’ll either have to do so during the night and before the break of dawn or he will have fast for 60 days or feed 60 poor people.
- He can’t chew gum either as this would count as breaking his fast – and smoking during the fasting period is also a no-no.
- And he can’t drink water during the fast either – which can make it harder during the summer months and warmer weather.
Be there for him, be understanding of him and his ways, and never push your agendas on to him. Especially important during these Ramadan days is that you keep your hands to yourself during the daytime and just avoid exhausting him additionally.
To all of our Muslim readers, Ramadan mubarak and all the best!