Ramadan guide for non-Muslims in the workplace

The month of Ramadan is a happy occasion; it is the month that the Muslim holy book, the Quran, was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims are called by their religion to celebrate the month by coming together in worship, fasting each day for thirty days from dawn until sunset.

While this may seem like a tremendous feat, consider this: Fasting while working is an even greater endeavor.

Make it a little easier on your Muslim colleague by following a couple of simple rules:

The Greeting

The next time you find yourself in line for the copier with your Muslim colleague, feel free to wish him or her “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem” or simply “Happy Ramadan.”

We absolutely love it when people acknowledge Ramadan and are happy about it.

Positive Reinforcement

Keep in mind that we’re fasting voluntarily and, actually, pretty joyously (despite the tired, sad look on our face). We’re not forced to fast. In fact, we wait for this month the whole year, so you don’t have to feel sorry for us. We are not trying to be rescued (other than by that ticking clock taking us closer to sunset!).

No Water

It’s true — we can’t drink water either. Again, this is part of the Ramadan test and our exercise of spiritual discipline. This is probably why you may not find your friend at the water cooler. Try switching the break time conversation to another location in the office.

Halitosis

While God may tell us that the breath of the one fasting is like “fragrant musk” to Him, we know that you might not experience the same. Understand why we’re standing a good foot away from you when speaking or simply using sign language to communicate.

Iftar Dinner

Consider holding a Ramadan Iftar dinner . Iftar is the Arabic word for the meal served at sunset when we break the fast (it’s literally our ‘breakfast’). This will be a nice gesture for Muslim coworkers and will give others the opportunity to learn about and partake in Ramadan festivities. Although there is no specific type of meal designated for iftars, it is is tradition to break the fast with a sweet and refreshing date before moving to a full-on dinner

Fasting is not an excuse

Although energy levels might be low, the point of fasting is not to slack off from our other duties and responsibilities. We believe that we are rewarded for continuing to work and produce during our fasts. Fasting is not a reason to push meetings, clear schedules, or take a lighter load on projects. That said – we don’t mind if you help work in a nap time for us!

Ramadan is a time for community and charity.

There are iftar dinners held at mosques every night (you are welcome to join the fun – even if you’re not fasting!) and night time prayer vigils throughout the month. We give charity in abundance and make an extra effort to partake in community service.

Throughout it all, we maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us with, and reflect on those in this world who have been given much less. This is a time for all of us–not just Muslims–to renew our spiritual intentions, increase our knowledge, and change ourselves for the better. (Source: faithstreet.com | Image)

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Thanks for sharing brother Ramadan Mubarak to all qlers
TFS In Sha Allah hope everyone fulfil and make full advantage of the blessed month ...................
very good article.... informative and precise..... imagine, mentioning even the halitosis.... good read.
After tedious fasting, Muslims tend to rush home to pray and have food. Many accidents happen. Non muslims can help them by keeping away from road, to the extend possible. This would reduce traffic less accidents and happy namaz and food for muslims
MM bhai Iam also eagerly waiting for the month of Ramadan In sha ALLAH "… In this month (for them) evil-minded Shaay'taan is chained so as not to reach unto those evils to which they normally reach during other months besides Ramadhaan. On the last nigh of Ramadhaan they are forgiven…"
Mast , Hopefully they would repent & follow the right path .............................. Wed , 25.06.2014 , 10.15 hrs
Pray for All BB May ALLAH Subhanavatalah give Hidaya to all Mankind and would agree with MM bhai Hopefully they would repent & follow the right path ......Ameen
May peace be upon the holy Mary and the Jesus ( The Son of Mary ) and the Muhammad the last Prophet. May peace be with you all. As long as you have a peaceful soul and an urge to find the truth, you neither would give up nor get angry. So stay calm and walk the path of your life and relish with yourself. Ramadan Kareem.
jaldi jaldi...Ramadan is one of the 5 pillars of islam for all muslims...and I respect all religion despite of person being muslim or non muslim..this is what all religion teaches