At Traackr one of our core company values is “diversity”. To many of us, this means actively promoting a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable work environment regardless of race, culture, gender, ability, or creed. Not only do we believe that this is a necessity in our workplace, we believe it’s important for our industry.
Relatedly, a friend recently asked me how best to support a colleague who will be celebrating Ramadan. While this was a challenging question to answer, it gave me the idea for this article — a small intro to Ramadan (for those who don’t know) and some tips for how to support colleagues who observe it.
Since this week marks the first week of Ramadan, here is a small primer on the month.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and Muslims around the world observe this month by abstaining from food and water from dawn until sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and charity.
At its core, Ramadan involves two key events every day.
As a Muslim, this month is a time of reflection, prayer, and connection with my community. Growing up, I had fond memories of waking up in the middle of the night and eating a meal with my family - half awake, yawning, and rubbing my eyes. The evenings were filled with cooking with my family, guessing if there was enough salt in a dish, laughing when we later realized there wasn’t, delivering food to neighbors, receiving food from muslim neighbors, and parties filled to the brim with people from the neighborhood and some of my favorite foods.
While Ramadan is a deeply personal experience, it is also a time for community. If you have Muslim colleagues who are observing Ramadan, it is a great opportunity to learn something about them and to show your support. While I will provide some advice below for how you could support colleagues who observe Ramadan, please remember that it is a different experience for each individual. The best place to start is to always simply ask the person what kind of support, if any, they would like.
I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favorite muslim influencers who can shed more light on the month:
This might be blasphemy, but there is a third option. Dates, like raisins, are just inferior fruits. So instead of dates, I suggest you break your fast with mangoes. You’ll thank me later.
I’ll admit that my family didn’t quite have the energy for decorating that she does. Growing up, when my sister and I wanted to do some Ramadan decorations, my parents always responded with that’s a great idea, let's do it next year…😂😂😂.