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Why Muslims in many countries didn’t fast during Ramadan?

08:51 PM Mar 21, 2023 IST | Soumya Gupta
why muslims in many countries didn’t fast during ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is a fasting duration followed by the Muslim community throughout the month. During this period, Muslims are meant to abstain from eating, drinking, and having sexual intercourse throughout the day.

The month of Ramadan holds a special place in the heart of the Muslim community which follows the rigorous procedure of fasting throughout the day.


However, this may not be the case for everyone. Many of the people in the Muslim community aren’t fasting or abstaining from fasting during Ramadan.

The explanation might not be very clear, as some people in the UAE are making fun of the holy month of Haramdan, where haram means forbidden in Islam as per the reports of the Economic Times.


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Muslims countries didn’t fast

Most middle eastern countries have criminalized not fasting during Ramadan but the officials are lenient as they fear facing the public and their outrage. Many of such members of the Muslim community do not even refrain from drinking or smoking and willingly agree to pay the fine if imposed.

As a consequence of the pandemic, many people from the working class kept fast ideally and in a rightful manner but as the markets opened again and the productivity of businesses and the working class meant to increase, many workers avoided fasting which might be a result of a hectic work schedule whereas the month of Ramadan in middle eastern countries is meant to be inactive or doing nothing. 


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There are many other reasons a consequence of why some people abstain from Ramadan or avoid keeping ‘Roza’, it could be due to health issues, menstruation, pregnancy, travelling, or people who are forced to break their fast or the elders.

What makes it blissful about Ramadan is that many people from different religions who are friends of Muslims in the community do fast during the days of Ramadan to support their loved ones and give a sense of togetherness at such holy and spiritual times.


Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is obligatory for all adult Muslims who are physically and mentally capable. However, there may be some exceptions in cases of illness or other circumstances that make it impossible to fast.

Additionally, some Muslims may choose not to fast due to personal reasons or cultural practices. It’s important to note that fasting is a personal choice and Muslims should not be judged for their decision to fast or not to fast during Ramadan

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I am a student currently pursuing mass communication from Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, and I have keen interest in writing, filmmaking, documentaries and current affairs.

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