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Islamic Month of Ramadan: Prayer Breaks During Work

August 01
07:03 2011
A question from an observant Muslim about taking prayer breaks during work is posed to Frank Gibson, who responds:

 This is an especially good time to address this topic as the month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, begins on Aug. 1. This month is considered a holy month by those of the Islamic faith, as it is the month when Allah, the Islamic name for God, revealed the first verses of the Qur’an (the Islamic Holy Book) to the Prophet Mohamed in 610 AD. During this month observant Muslims fast throughout the daylight period, going without food or drink from sunrise to sunset, each day of the lunar month. Fasting is required by the Qur’an and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality. I will talk a little more about Ramadan later in the article, but let me address the question about prayer first.

My first advice is to not underestimate the understanding and consideration of your employer-especially as the performance of Salah, prayer or, more correctly, connection with Allah, does not necessarily have to conflict with work. I recommend that you speak to your supervisor and to your HR Officer about your prayer needs. Good communication is the most important step in resolving any situation, and you won’t know how far your employer will go to address your prayer needs until you bring the matter up.


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