In consideration to our Muslim brothers and sisters who are fasting, the working hours in both government and private companies and institutions are reduced, mostly by 2 hours. Some companies will start their working hours late or some might end theirs early. Some gives a general schedule that includes all employees but some companies and hospitals will opt that non-Muslims retain the normal working hours. So don’t be surprised if the roads on your way to work on Ramadan mornings are empty and it’s chaotic when you go home in the afternoon.
|During regular days, you will not see King Fahd Road as empty and clean as this.|
Malls – 9:00PM to 2:00AM
Banks – Varies depending on banks. But most are open from 10:00AM to Asr prayer.
– Alrajhi Bank (10:00AM – 3:30PM)
– Saudi Hollandi Bank (10:00AM – 4:00PM)
– Banque Saudi Fransi (10:00AM – 4:00PM)
Enjaz – Saturday to Thursday (10:00AM – 4:00PM and 9:00PM to 12:00 midnight) | Friday (9:00PM to 12:00 midnight)
Most restaurants are closed during the day. The maghreb prayer signals the breaking of the fast during the Ramadan so instead of closing, the restaurants are opening at this time. Some restaurants are already open 30 minutes to 1 hour before the maghreb prayer to accommodate customers for iftar. Restaurants also closed during the isha prayer but most of them will let customers stay inside to eat. They open again after the isha and are open until midnight or the wee hours of the morning for suhoor.
5. TAKE NOTE OF TIMINGS and TERMINOLOGIES.
Here is the table of the prayer times in Riyadh during Ramadan.
|Taken from Islamic Finder|
I looked at Muslim Pro, the iphone app I used to check prayer times, for comparison and the only difference is around 1-2 minutes on some of the timings above. So who knows who’s that accurate?!
I used Arabic terminologies in the entry and you’re probably thinking ‘wut?!’ so here goes some terminologies that you’ll mainly encounter during Ramadan.
Ramadan – The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. For this year, it will run from June 29 to July 26.
Imzak – Start of the fasting time. It begins when the first light of dawn becomes visible.
Fajr – The dawn call to prayer; usually imzak begins a few minutes before the fajr.
Suhoor – The meal eaten before the start of fasting.
Iftar – Breaking of the fast immediately after sunset. It takes place at maghreb prayer as soon as the Adhan (call to prayer) is called.
Sawm – The Arabic word for fast.
Eid Al Fitr – A three-day celebration that marks the end of Ramadan and the starts of Shawwal, the tenth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it will probably start on July 30, 2014.
So there you go. I hope that I cleared up some confusion whenever Ramadan comes around. To our Muslim brothers and sisters, we hope that Allah accept your sacrifices and good deeds. Ramadan Kareem!