It’s Ramadan now and you are probably seeing some changes in your office environment. Some of your Muslims colleagues might seem a little low on their natural energy level, maybe a bit calm and silent. If you don’t know about Ramadan yet, you should probably go through this article. It might be helpful for you maintaining a balanced working environment in your office.


What is Ramadan?

So, what is Ramadan and why has everything changed in this month? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar – Hijri calendar. Muslims consider this month extremely holy and adhere to spiritual acts. Among these acts, they prohibit themselves from eating drinking anything from sunrise till sundown. To them, it’s month of self-preservation and attaining a deeper level of spiritual connection to God.

Why do they do this? They try to feel the empathy for the less fortunate in our society. Moreover, according to their religion, the Holy Book Quran was bestowed upon Prophet Muhammad (SAAW) in this month. So, the Muslims all over the world adhere to prayers and recite Quran every day. They devote themselves fully to God, the only being.

So, apart from the month-long prayers, they fast all day long. During the fast, they don’t even drink a drop of water! After the month of Ramadan, they break their fasts and celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the biggest religious festival among Muslims.


Impact of Ramadan in Offices

But that doesn’t mean they stop their daily activities. They still have to maintain their work life. If you are living in a multicultural country, then it’s quite natural that you have Muslim co-workers in your office.

The daily life of the fasting Muslims starts off quite early. They have a meal before sunrise called Sahri. They might have energy in the morning but soon the energy level starts falling. They would feel meek and feeble in the afternoon. In many offices, the Muslims even ask for to start and finish their office early so that they could end their fast with their families.

As, a modern open-minded human being, you should pay respect to their customs and rituals. It brings on the harmony in the offices.

It would seem really harsh if you put tons of work-load on someone hasn’t eaten or drunk anything. It’s quite normal that they would have lower stamina.

So, all the employees should plan up the whole month and decide how they are going to meet the month’s target considering the situation.


Some Good Practices

  • You should be understanding. It’s just natural that they would be weak during fast. Don’t push them to work.
  • If you have the option, try to give tasks that require physical stamina to personnel believing in a different
  • Don’t judge or mock their rituals. It’s the worst thing you could do to someone who has deep belief.
  • Don’t disturb them during the breaks. They might be taking their much-needed
  • Try to hold meetings in the early hours when they have considerably more energy.
  • Be helpful towards them. Ask them if they could use a helping hand.
  • It’s really unwise to drink or eat food in front of them.
  • If you see one of your Muslim colleagues not fasting, don’t ask them why. There could be numbers of reasons behind it. They might feel offended.
  • Join with them in the Iftaar, the fast-breaking They would be really happy.
  • If they want to take a day off, be considerate. There might be a good reason for that.
  • If they want to attend to their prayers during their breaks or take 5 minutes break for it, don’t stop them. They are bound to say their prayers 5 times a day.


Final Words

Ramadan is the holiest month among the Muslim community. As we are multicultural society, let us In It’s the 21st century be respectful towards all the religions and their rituals and create a harmonious working environment.

Jeslyn Lim

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