Ramadan Best Practices
Last updated: April 6, 2023, at 11:22 a.m. PT
Originally published: April 5, 2023, at 4:28 p.m. PT
To all those participating in fasting, charity, and increased reflection and prayer, we wish you a peaceful Ramadan.
In honor of Ramadan, our newly formed Muslim Employee Resource Group has put together some best practices and recommendations for the remainder of Ramadan — and for annual practice.
What is Ramadan?
To commemorate the Qur’an (the holy book of Muslims) being revealed to Prophet Muhammad, Muslims will be fasting during daylight hours until the evening of April 20. This fast brings them closer to God and helps them develop empathy for those who have less in the world. The celebration of Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. What happens on this day varies depending on local customs and traditions, but it generally involves friends and families coming together to feast.
Best Practices for Non-Muslims
Ramadan is something many Muslims have practiced for years and look forward to. It is a time of celebration for them and an exercise in their own willpower. It’s a challenge, and there are a few things non-Muslims can do to be culturally responsive:
- Consider rescheduling: Move meetings or physical activities earlier in the day. Physical (and mental) effort can be challenging after fasting all day. Try to avoid centering events around food or hosting group working lunches – and maybe rethink scheduling meetings during the lunch hour anyways.
- Eat and drink as you usually do: There’s no need to apologize or feel awkward about it.
- Remember that fasting is not suffering: Ramadan is a sacred time of celebration, and many Muslims look forward to it!
- Remember that not all Muslims fast: There are many reasons for this. Some people may not fast at times or at all due to personal choice or health conditions. Reasons can be deeply personal, so it’s best to avoid asking why.
- Avoid asking if someone is observing Ramadan: Community members have recommended that if your employer is providing accommodations, they should be done without requiring anyone to disclose their religious beliefs.
Want to be more supportive? Learn more about Ramadan.