As many of you will know, the 7th June 2016 marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, a period of fasting and prayer observed by Muslims all over the world. Ramadan falls during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is believed to have been when the Prophet Mohammed received the final part of a series of revelations from God.
Every day during this period, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset. This year, Ramadan clashes with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, meaning Ramadan will have the longest average fasting hours, in its 33 year lunar-based cycle.
We know this can present challenges, especially in this current warm weather. As an organisation, we are asking our managers wherever possible to show flexibility to staff who may be observing Ramadan, being mindful that people will be fasting, may be more tired than usual and allowing time for additional prayers in appropriate facilities. If you are observing Ramadan this month, I would encourage you to let your manager know if you need additional support during this period.
We know we have many staff and service users who will be observing Ramadan over the next month and I would like to take the opportunity to wish all a Ramadan Mubarak.
If anyone would like to find out more information about Ramadan please click here.
Thanks to Cashain David & colleagues at Together UK