Come Ramadan time and we have hordes of what could be considered seasonal followers of the Faith, or Muslims observant for just one month.
There is a large population of Muslims who Remember their faith at Ramadan - like those Christians for Christmas who celebrate the holidays, or even attend Christmas Mass, having not stepped into church or uttered a Hail Mary all year round. This month throws a glaring light over the people who drink and don't pray all year but nevertheless are happy to join in the Ramadan season and quit alcohol for a month, or what have you. For some, it's a cultural habit or practice they've known all their life- while for others, it's practiced as for adults in the Western (or Eastern) sense of a Detox diet and cleansing. If done properly, the fast is of body and mind. But often it is less tied into the true doctrine of Islam that requires Daily Prayers, Zakkah (or alms), Hajj and the Shahada or oath. This yearly membership of the Faith however is acceptable for many, since the month of Ramadan is considered obligatory to any person of adult age deemed fit to fast.
Some take the opportunity to show their charitable sides during Ramadan: Some announce their religious acts, such as Omrah, (a pilgramage to the Holy Sites at Mecca made any time of the year, bar Hajj season). Some consider religion to be a private act anyway, but celebrities, who lead less than private lives, often come into the fore. Some wish to expose their generosity and largesse at the time of Ramadan (which is generous, or "Kareem") in line with their PR as celebrities or because they simply have a place in their celebrity-sized hearts for Ramadan.
Like the Christian holidays, this holy season has a tendency to catch or reel in the ordinarily unobservant followers of religion. Muslims tend to remember their faith at Ramadan, just like Christians do with Christmas.
We wanted to take a brief tour of how some of our regional or out-of-regional celebrities are handling the holy month and marking it. What habits or customs do they display at this time or have they been known to display in past Ramadans? A tour of Ramadan's compelling charm to all and sundry follows.