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All the information you require regarding the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2024

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For Muslims, Ramadan is the most festive and spiritual season of the year, and it is a time when many look forward to it. Every year, one million people in London join the millions of people throughout the world who observe it.

Throughout the month, there is a daily regimen of fasting, which entails giving up all food and, yes, even water, from sunrise to sunset.

However, the significance of Ramadan for many Muslims extends far beyond abstaining from food and liquids during the day. It’s also a time for introspection, which includes reading the Quran, abstaining from sin, pleading for forgiveness, and carrying out extra good deeds like praying late into the night (taraweeh).

 

For what reason do Muslims fast?

Fasting is thought to be a means to strengthen your spiritual life and draw you nearer to God. The hunger feelings teach you to be more sympathetic toward those who are less fortunate and serve as a reminder to be grateful for the food you eat on a regular basis. It makes sense that Muslims are urged to donate generously at all times of the year, but particularly during this holy month.

 

Iftar, the evening meal that marks the end of the day, is typically served with dates and water to break the fast. This also entails indulging in an abundance of mouthwatering spring rolls and samosas, which may result in a “food coma” that lasts into the evening.

 

Ramadan Key Dates 2024

The moon’s lunar cycle is used to calculate the Islamic calendar. The crescent is probably going to fall this year on March 10 in the evening. This indicates that March 11 or March 12 will be the first day of the fast. After that, the daily fast will last for 29 or 30 days in a row.

For Muslims, the final ten days of Ramadan hold special significance since it is thought that this is when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Known as Laylat al-Qadr, or “The Night of Power,” it may occur on any one of the ten nights, but the odds favor the 27th night (April 5) and the odd evenings. Since the precise day is unknown, Muslims use this as inspiration to focus intensely on their prayer for the full ten nights in the hopes of receiving God’s blessing.

What to do about students and staff who are fasting?

Although there are numerous health and purifying advantages to fasting, it can also be exhausting and energy-draining for individuals who follow it because it requires them to skip meals and wake up early.

 

It can be challenging for staff and students to handle all of their job duties and strike a balance with their spiritual obligations if they are not fortunate enough to be able to take the month off from work or school.

You might want to make accommodations for Muslim personnel during this hectic time to ensure their wellness, even while fasting may not affect or hinder one’s capacity to perform at work (in fact, in some situations, fasting can boost productivity).

 

How to be accommodating to employees or students who are fasting?

  • As the holy month begins, wish everyone at work a blessed Ramadan, or “Ramadan Mubarak.”
  • Give them the choice of flexible hybrid working so they can occasionally do their work from home this month.
  • Allow time during the day for them to pray (either in a prayer room dedicated to all religions or during 10- to 15-minute breaks).
  • Allocate regular periods for rest or naps, as hunger may induce sleepiness.
  • To enable your fasting staff members to get home in time to break their fast, make sure they leave the office on time or early and avoid adding more work as the workday draws to a close.
  • Provide dates, water, or snacks at the office for individuals who work late shifts so they can break their fast at sunset on time.
  • To encourage your staff to feel included and invited to share their faith and festivities with you, plan office-wide iftars or take them out to restaurant after dusk.

 

 

 

 

 

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