In recent years, remote work has gained popularity and become a viable alternative to the conventional office environment. I’ve been fortunate to find a firm like MBS Accountancy that allows us to work from home – it’s especially helpful during Ramadan.
For Muslims, the observance of Ramadan can be challenging while working within a traditional office setting. This is why Muslims like me appreciate companies that allow their employees to work from home, especially during Ramadan.
As a Muslim, I believe it’s important to discuss the requirements of Ramadan so you can understand and appreciate the unique challenges we Muslims face while working in an office during Ramadan:
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast daily from dawn until sunset. This involves abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs during daylight hours. Fasting helps us develop spiritual discipline, self-reflection, and empathize with the less fortunate. However, the absence of regular meals and water during our Ramadan fasts makes it more difficult for us to complete daily tasks and responsibilities and maintain our energy and focus throughout the workday.
In addition to the five daily prayers that form the core of Islamic worship, Muslims also engage in special prayers during Ramadan. These prayers, called Tarawih, are performed after the Isha prayer (night prayer) in a congregation and serve as an opportunity to deepen our connection with Allah and the Islamic community. Balancing these additional religious obligations with a busy work schedule can be demanding, particularly if our workplace doesn’t provide prayer spaces or we have unsupportive managers and supervisors. At previous jobs, I’d pray in my own office but when our Mulsim clients would come, I’d have to disappointedly inform them that we didn’t have a dedicated prayer space for them to use.
Office environments often involve social activities like group lunches and coffee breaks. For Muslims observing Ramadan, these activities can be a source of awkwardness, as they must abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. This can cause many Muslims to feel isolated or excluded from social dynamics while they observe Ramadan.
Remote work offers several benefits for Muslims observing Ramadan, making it an attractive option for maintaining a healthy work-life balance during this holy month. By working from home, we can better manage our time, energy, and religious obligations. This allows us to fully embrace the spirit of Ramadan without compromising our professional responsibilities. Some key benefits of remote work for Muslims during Ramadan include:
I love seeing my kid’s excitement and joy as we read Ramadan books and do activities that build a deeper connection to our faith. Ultimately, remote work improves the Ramadan experience for me and other Muslims by offering a supportive and flexible environment that accommodates our unique needs during this sacred time for us.