During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink (including water) during daylight. Ramadan is the month that aims to purify the soul and bring the individual closer to Allah (God).
It is a time of further promoting values such as compassion, peace and helping others. Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches them to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate, therefore encouraging actions of generosity and compulsory charity (zakat).
Not everyone is able to fast, for example, individuals who are unwell, pregnant or travelling long distances are not required to fast. However, they are encouraged to either make up for this later in the year or provide a meal a day to someone in need for each day they cannot fast.
4 points to consider during Ramadan:
It’s important to remember that during this time, many Muslims are faced with the challenge of balancing their religious and work commitments. We ask that employers and colleagues accommodate those who may face challenges of balancing their religious commitments with work.
1. Encourage employees to be open about their religious observance
2. Educate managers and colleagues about Ramadan
3. Be flexible with working patterns
4. Accommodate annual leave requests where possible
If you would like to know more about fasting and eating healthy during Ramadan please click on the link here