If there are members in your team who aren’t Muslim or who are new to the region, they may not have experienced Ramadan before. Here we share tips that will help them understand how to behave respectfully during the fasting period from sunrise to sunset and in how they interact with colleagues who are observing the Holy Month.
- Eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in public during daylight hours.
- Show signs of physical affection to others in public.
- Use offensive language or gestures.
- Pay loud music in public.
- Make disrespectful comments about Ramadan or fasting.
- Expect fasting colleagues to be as focused as usual.
- Create tension, provoke arguments or shout in public.
- Dress modestly and appropriately.
- Behave with respect towards those who are observing Ramadan.
- Try to understand the religious significance of the Holy Month.
- Be supportive towards colleagues who are fasting.
- Be prepared to help fasting colleagues who may be more tired than usual.
- Understand that people can be irritable when they are tired and hungry.
- Recognize that Iftar is a very important meal. If you’re invited to Iftar by a friend of colleague, do try and attend.
- Wish Muslim colleagues, neighbors and friends ‘Ramadan Kareem’.
- Appreciate the celebratory spirit of Eid Al Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan with feasts and prayers, as well as a focus on togetherness and generosity.