Fasting And Ramadhan In And Dissertation
ear supportive (non-Muslim) friends, family, and coworkers, As the holy month of Ramadan falls upon us again, in a time when Islamophobia is on the rise in the most subtle and overt of ways, we know that some of you are working hard to support your Muslim friends and colleagues.We know that you mean well (or so we assume), but you may not always be having the impact you intend, so here are some Ramadan basics — do’s and don’t’s so that you can truly support those of us fasting during Ramadan!The experience of fasting is also meant to remind us of how many in our world experience hunger every day, which in turn encourages us to give charity. If you’re a manager or supervisor, chat with your employees about flexible work hours that may be conducive to their altered eating and sleeping schedules, such as work-from-home days or coming in later so that they can get extra rest in the morning.I recommend asking your Muslim friend or colleague what they prefer. Feel free to relate in, but don’t equate experiences. Ask a specific person if they need or want anything from you and how can you support them. Some things to keep in mind include the following: We may be tired and/or cranky (even hangry) from lack of sleep, food, and water. Be open to the possibility of an employee napping in their office during a lunch hour — it can really help us get through the day!Take in the new information, but try not to dramatize this norm of ours.This is our religious/spiritual practice, not asceticism nor exceptionalism. There are actually a number of reasons Muslims may not be fasting.
The actual significance of this month and how one engages with it will vary person to person, as it should — because experiences of faith and spirituality are intensely individualized, even if we engage in religious practices shared by nearly 1.6 billion Muslims around the world.However, if you are asking and expecting a dissertation-level response — or even a response that can be provided by a quick Google search — please remember that not every Muslim knows all the rules of Islam or has answers to your questions about Ramadan. It’s unfair and can be burdensome to expect any one person to educate you. Please, spare us the reaction of extreme shock and disbelief.It can also feel incredibly invalidating and/or painful when a Muslim person doesn’t know the answers to questions about Islam and/or Ramadan — because the questioning sets the expectation that the person should know just because they are Muslim, and that not knowing means the person is not “Muslim enough.”To begin educating yourself and doing your own research, check out these articles on for some great starter resources! When fasting during Ramadan, Muslims don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sundown. While this may come as a surprise to you, it can be othering for us to experience your reaction of shock and disbelief.It implicitly communicates that you perceive our practice as a deviation from some norm (probably Christian hegemony).Islam is a religion of 1.57 billion followers, many of whom fast during Ramadan, so this practice is pretty normal for approximately a quarter of the world’s population.And if you see a colleague washing more than just their hands in the bathroom, leave them be and try not to stare (because staring at us washing is even weirder than us trying to lift our feet up to a public bathroom sink).If you have questions, consult Google — or this link.Evening events may be challenging if they overlap with the time to break fast and/or pray.Because people who fast during Ramadan may also pray during the five allotted times per day, let your staff know which spaces (such as a conference room) can be used for prayer.Please note that this article is written with a ton of sarcasm and sass in hopes of bringing humor to these everyday occurrences and not to vilify anyone’s genuine efforts to support us.I hope that this article makes you laugh while also encouraging you to think more critically about how you operate in solidarity with Muslims, particularly during the month of Ramadan.