‘Fast for a day’ initiative launched in Dubai for non-Muslims

Non-Muslims in the UAE are invited to fast on July 28. The aim is not to encourage people to convert to Islam, but to raise awareness on fasting. (File photo: AFP)

The Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment has launched an initiative in which non-Muslims are invited to fast on July 28 during the holy month of Ramadan, Gulf News reported on Thursday.

The iftar, when people break their fast, will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center. Admission is free and open to all.

“We want to educate non-Muslim expatriates on how fasting is much more than not eating,” said Khadija Turki, senior manager in charge of the DFRE’s public relations.

The aim of the event is not to encourage people to convert to Islam, but to raise awareness on fasting, Turki added.

“It would challenge you not just physically but also in many other ways, such as your tolerance level, your ability to maintain focus, etc. Once you undertake the fast, you would come to know how your behavior is impacted, how your mind and body react, and you would be able to understand the essence of it,” she said.

Non-Muslims would also “become more sensitive about eating or drinking in front of a person who is fasting,” Turki said.

Approximately 250 people are expected to take part in the event, she added.

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