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Understanding Culture - Religion

The UAE is an Islamic country, however other religions are allowed to practice.

Religion and everyday life are inseparable for devout Muslims. Belief in God governs all aspects of life. This God is transcendent, beyond human understanding ‘Bi ismi Allah, Al Rahmaani, Al Rahimi’. In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful, is a common saying. It is used on many different occasions to ask for divine blessings and seeks to integrate divine wisdom into everyday life.

The Quran specifies exactly how Muslims are to behave in their daily lives.

The most prominent sacred texts in Islam are:

· Qu’ran – Allah’s message that was revealed to the prophet M

· Hadith – The Hadith, or oral traditions are the Prophet’s sayings

· Sunna – the sunna or traditions are the Prophets deeds





What is also important is that Islam emphasizes the unity of all the monotheistic religions. Jews, Christians and Muslims are all ‘people of the book’, and Jesus is considered to be a prophet.

The most important holidays for Muslims are:

· Ramadan: During the lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day-light hours. When the sun sets, they celebrate by breaking fast and eating special food. This meal is called the Iftar meal. Prayers and special recitations of the Qu’ran take place all month

· Eid al-Fitr – Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr, the end of Ramadan by breaking the fast until next year, wearing new clothes, giving to the poor and attending Eid prayers at the mosque

· Eid al- Adha – At the end of Hajj, Muslims all round the world celebrate Eid Al-Adha. This holiday is characterised by slaughtering and animal (usually a goat or a lamb), giving part of the meat to the poor, eating special food, and visiting friends and family. Gifts are also given to children




Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi