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Ramadan in the Workplace

Salaams We're in the swing of things this Ramadan, hopefully reaping the benefits of this blessed month as best we can! This year I am not working at the office (I see my BodyTalk clients periodically at the clinic or at home via distance sessions). However I do recall my many years in corporate, fasting through the endless meetings, trying to not get distracted with the recipe emails sent to my Inbox and enjoying the occasional early afternoon nap in my car or in the First aid room! I was fortunate to have colleagues and managers who were very understanding. That's part of the culture of Unilever I guess. I was able to adjust my (already quite flexible) schedule so I could leave a bit early, as especially in the UK with the long hours of fasting, you need some rest in the evening. One thing that helped me to set things up with my colleagues was to explain upfront about our fasting month of Ramadan. I created this One Pager "Ramadan in the Workplace Guide" t

Ramadaan: the month of sharing!

Assalaamu alaykum One of my favourite parts of Ramadaan is the sense of sharing and unity that is naturally felt during this month. I think it's because most of us are aware of the immense rewards offered for feeding a fasting person and we all want to cash in to benefit! This is captured in this beautiful Hadith: It was narrated that Zayd ibn Khaalid al-Juhani said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.”   Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746.   I also think there is such a delightful feeling when you see people after a long day, tired and a bit hungry feel ease and satisfaction when they break their fast and enjoy something you have prepared for them. I love cooking so seeing people enjoy something I made like perhaps a new dish, or bought like maybe some fresh fruit I saw i