Ramadan 2023: Your Questions Answered
As the month of Ramadan approaches, we want to take a moment to recognise the diverse cultures and religions within our global team.
Ramadan, a month-long observance for Muslims around the world, began on the night of 22 March this year. During the following month, Muslims will abstain from food and drink (yes, even water too) during daylight hours. They eat their last meal before dawn (suhoor) and break their fast at sunset (iftar).
To better support our Muslim colleagues during this time, we want to provide some insight into what Ramadan is and how we can offer our support.
Ramadan is a spiritual time of the year and is considered one of the most significant months in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for reflection, spiritual growth, and community. Fasting during Ramadan is an act of worship and devotion, and it is not just the act of refraining from food and drink. It is also a time of introspection, where individuals focus on patience, prayer, and stillness of the mind to feed the soul.
While Muslims observe Ramadan every year, it is still essential to show understanding and flexibility during this time. Fasting requires Muslims to abstain from food, so they may choose to forgo lunch breaks, opting for prayer breaks instead.
Colleagues who are not fasting may feel uncomfortable eating or drinking in front of someone who is fasting. The best way to approach this is to speak openly with colleagues about their needs as everyone is different.
Facilities and Support
At NGP, we are committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and supporting our colleagues’ expressions of faith. In each of our offices, we have opened quiet rooms which can be used for prayer as well as ablution facilities to provide a quiet and reflective space. These spaces are open to everyone. For more information about these facilities contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To further support our colleagues, our Health and Wellbeing Team are available to provide resources, guidance, and wellbeing techniques to anyone who requires additional support. Reach out to us at: email@example.com
We’re also excited to announce the launch of our new Multi-Faith Network! As an organisation, we celebrate diversity and understand the importance of fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding.
The Multi-Faith Network aims to bring together colleagues of various faiths and beliefs providing a platform for mutual support, learning, and collaboration.
For more information about our networks, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org