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With Ramadan fast approaching, we wanted to take this time to share some suggestions on how to support your Muslim colleagues during this important period. Carry on reading for everything you need to know, including key dates and facts.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a very sacred month for the Muslim community as it signifies the period when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad by God. Followers of the faith are expected to fast during daylight hours, as well as forgo anything considered impure. This shows self-discipline and allows people to empathise with others’ suffering; allowing them to get closer to God.
When is Ramadan?
This year, Ramadan is expected to commence the evening of Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and end on Friday, April 21, 2023.
How can I show support for colleagues during Ramadan?
It is important not to make any assumptions when it comes to your team’s needs during Ramadan, as everyone in the Muslim community is different! Build rapport with your colleagues and make it clear that they are free to share their requirements, thoughts and suggestions with you.
2.Celebrate at work
Mark Eid at the workplace by organising a celebratory meal – whether this is on your lunch break, after work or virtually! Get everyone involved and make it a day to remember.
3. Be accommodating
Giving colleagues time off and offering flexible working during Ramadan will go a long way and shows that you support them. For example, your Muslim colleagues may wish to work through their lunch break and then leave an hour early to get home in time to break fast at sunset.
The final ten days of Ramadan are considered the most important and sacred – so make sure to accept those annual leave requests if they come through.
While it is supportive to let your colleagues have this time off, don’t presume this will be the case / let each individual decide how they want to do things.
4. Remember that people might be fasting
During Ramadan, Muslims usually abstain from eating and drinking (apart from those who are exempt). It is good to bear this in mind, especially if you are a team manager. This is because fasting can interfere with concentration and energy levels, so be considerate and offer adjustments where necessary.
5. Spread awareness
Remind everyone at work that it is Ramadan and its importance to the Muslim community. Having everyone on the same page helps build a more inclusive environment for everyone and shows a level of respect for the holy month. It might also be useful to hear from Muslim colleagues if they feel comfortable sharing their experiences and favourite traditions with the team.
We hope you found this article insightful and now have the knowledge to make your workplace more inclusive this Ramadan.
Enjoy the celebrations – we wish you all a very bright and happy Ramadan!