In this blog, I explain what Ramadan means to me and what a typical day looks like during this time. I’ve written this blog before Ramdan starts so it gives you an idea of how my routine changes during this time and how you can also support colleagues in your teams that may be observing Ramadan too.
Why do I fast?
Ramadan is a special time for Muslims around the world, it allows us to reflect on our habits and look for self improvements as well as try to make a more positive impact on our society.
What I do during Ramadan
I try to keep my routine fairly simple so that it’s easy for me to maintain my energy levels for the month as I am still working. I will be up before the sun rises for prayer, then have something small to eat and drink, then rest till I have to wake up for work.
I will work roughly the same hours as usual, but if I am tired, I will adjust my routine so I can start a little later. During lunch I will try to get some fresh air and enjoy the nice weather. Ramadan moves back around 10 day every year and this year it will start on the 2nd of April 2022.
What I love about Ramadan is during this time, it gives me a chance to slow down and give more time to my family. We have the opportunity to sit down together and eat most of our meals together as we are all eating at the same time. It’s also a time for me to just take a step back and reflect on anything I would like to change or improve within myself. I will try to make healthier choices when eating and it definitely makes me more mindful of the food I consume as I am eating at set times in the day.
I also have the opportunity to read more, which is something I don’t give enough time to. It’s nice to use this time to take a step back and unwind a little instead of constantly running around trying to fit multiple tasks in one day.
We are also encouraged to give more during Ramadan, whether that’s through giving time to the community or through charity. At the end of Ramadan is Eid which is the equivalent to Christmas. It’s a time for us to get together with our loved ones and celebrate!
How to support your colleagues during Ramadan
There are many people observing, many people you may not even realise. As always, it’s important to be kind and patient to everyone, and be considerate. You know what it’s like, when you haven’t eaten in a while and your tummy is rumbling.
Be mindful that your colleagues will be up later so that they can eat before the sun rises. If possible, provide them with the opportunity to work flexibly. Maybe they can start and finish a little later in the day. See if there is a possibility to adapt around prayer times as well as provide a space where your colleagues can pray in the office.
Create a place for open discussion. There are many people who have lots of questions about people’s beliefs. Create a group where people can have an open discussion about anything they may want to learn more about. You could create a Slack channel or you could have a Lunch and Learn session where people could share their thoughts.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I appreciate it when colleagues and friends ask about my experience. It’s important we create an environment where we can share and better understand one another.
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