As the Chairman of the Manned Guarding section of the IPSA and a proud Muslim, I thought it would
be a great opportunity for me to speak a little about Ramadan.
In Islamic tradition Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Observing Ramadan is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting is a duty upon all adult healthy Muslims.
The dates of Ramadan change each year. It will commence on Sunday 5 May 2019, although this can vary slightly depending upon when the new moon is first sighted. It lasts for 29-30 days and ends with the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr. This year Eid-Ul-Fitr will fall on Tuesday 4th June 2019 depending on the sighting of the moon.
Myself and many of my staff will be taking part in the festivities and for Muslims around the world they will be observing the fasts in this month. Many Muslims will fast each day from dawn to sunset. This includes not eating food, drinking liquids or smoking. It is common to have one meal known as the suhoor, which is just before sunrise and an evening meal known as Iftar after sunset which marks the breaking of the fast.
The last 10 nights in Ramadan are of particular importance and Muslims tend to increase their worship during this time.
Ramadan will impact many of our organisations and our members, as many of our staff may want adjustments to their working schedules, given that they will be fasting for 18 hours. It is likely to be hot during this month and so fasts can be difficult.
I believe as an industry organisation, we should equip our members to deal with this month each year with ease, understanding and clarity.
This year I have put together a simple Ramadan guide for employers, this small guide is to increase the understanding about this special month and offer advice on how to support colleagues and staff among you who may be fasting.
On behalf of myself and all the staff at ISA Support Services we would like to wish all members who will be observing fasts, a happy and blessed Ramadan