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Things You Need to Know during Ramadan Fasting in China

Things You Need to Know during Ramadan Fasting in China

Things You Need to Know during Ramadan Fasting in China

Things You Need to Know during Ramadan Fasting in China. Preparation of fasting Ramadan in each country must be different. In China, in addition to a quite different culture from Indonesia, certainly there are differences that need to be known during fasting in this Bamboo Curtain country, related to prayer hours, weather, and so forth. To be ready, check the following tips!

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  1. Know the Maghrib and Fajr Prayer Time

Muslims here will fast for about 17 hours. Based on the schedule in Beijing, China, listed at Muslimpro.com, around the end of May, the maghrib prayer time in China at around 19.34 local time and the morning prayer schedule at 02.54 local time (time is subject to change every day).

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  1. Know Weather and Seasons

Quoted from chinahighlights.com (22/5/2017), because since fasting starts from May to June, it means that you will fast in spring and summer. In springtime, the highest temperature reaches 27 degrees Celsius, while the lowest temperature is at 13 degrees Celsius. Beware of the weather in this season, as there will be lots of wind and dust, sometimes sandstorms. So make sure you bring a jacket, hat, and also glasses when out on the move.

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In June, spring will turn into summer with the highest temperature estimate of 30 degrees Celsius and the lowest temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. The weather will be scorching with hissing temperatures during the day, and occasionally it will be heavy rain. Make sure you always have an umbrella, sunglasses and don’t forget to apply sun screen cream. Because of the hot weather, make sure you wear simple clothes with cool material.

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  1. Organize The Diet and Activity

Because you must fast for 17 hours during unfriendly weather, you should be good at managing your diet by taking care of balanced nutrition, namely carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Chinese citizens themselves apply a healthy diet that can be emulated, i.e. eating foods that can eliminate toxins in the body (detoxification), and restore balance to the body, such as mi vermicelli, green tea, and so forth. Moreover, the hot weather can make you quickly dehydrated. Make sure the mineral water needs for the body is fulfilled.

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Balanced diet pyramid / Source: Food Urban of China

In addition to diet, you should also consider your activity plan. If possible, reduce unnecessary activities that drain too much energy, so you can keep your health fast for 30 days.

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  1. Know The Culture

In China, Muslims belong to minority religions, so don’t be surprised if this country has a minimal tolerance, like in Ramadan for example, the f&b business places will still be open. However, this should not discourage you from fasting and staying tolerant of the majority. In fact, in China when the coming month of Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to stay in touch with each other. This harmony is revealed when they do the five daily prayers together at the nearest mosque.

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During the month of Ramadan, this Panda country also has a unique tradition. Many Chinese Muslims come from the Hui and Uighur tribes and they provide food to their fellow Muslims. Although China is said to be a prosperous country, but this activity is still done to strengthen the fraternity of fellow Muslims.

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  1. Have The Adzan Reminder Application

Due to the lack of mosques in some cities in China, you may find it hard to hear the call to prayer, and the time to break the fast and suhur. You can download the adzan reminder app on your smartphone in order you can fast fluently. Or, you can encourage your Muslim friends to remind each other.

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  1. Pray to Niujie Mosque

Niujie Mosque is a legendary mosque in Beijing built in 966 AD. Located in Xicheng District, Beijing’s oldest mosque is always crowded to visit to do the Eid prayer. The beauty of this mosque can be seen from the design of ancient Chinese architecture that is dominated by red and carvings of calligraphic on some walls of the building. Because many visitors in the mosque are able to accommodate a thousand people, it is no wonder if the Niujie mosque became a symbol of the presence of Islam as a friendly, tolerant, and peaceful religion.

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Niujie Mosque in Beijing / Source: Viva

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Niujie Mosque provides free takjil for Muslims, such as dodol, banana chips, and others. In addition, the unique tradition of this mosque when breaking the fast is to give free watermelons.

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Sharing takjil at Niujie Mosque / Source: Kompasiana (Aris)

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Well, if you want to feel the harmony of religion, make sure you come and have a fellowship in places such as Niujie Mosque. (SJV)

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