THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF BRITAIN has announced the launch of its guide to welcoming Ramadan 2022. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, charity and community.   

For those interested in learning more about Ramadan, this guide offers key information on what the holy month means for Muslims and how it is observed, whilst also providing practical guidance for employers on how they can support Muslim colleagues during this month, for example.   

This guide also includes information on how to maintain physical and mental health during the holy month, alongside providing top tips on fasting whilst working or studying from home, for example. With Covid-19 restrictions all but removed, and infection rates rising across the UK, it also reaffirms the importance of remaining cautious and signposts helpful Covid-19 resources for British Muslims, Mosques and prayer spaces hosting communal events. 

Zara Mohammed, Secretary-General of the MCB said: “British Muslims across the UK eagerly await the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, particularly the prospect of a return of the shared festivities we were used to before the pandemic. 

“As we look forward to Ramadan, it is important to remain cautious and follow sensible advice on keeping Covid-19 safe.  We must also take steps towards a more sustainable and eco-conscious Ramadan, including ditching single use plastics and adopting greener travel.  

“Whilst in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, and with more displaced people fleeing to the UK for sanctuary, British Muslims will undoubtedly continue to embody the spirit of giving synonymous with the holy month; and act in service to those less fortunate. I welcome the publication of this guide and join British Muslims in awaiting the opportunity to observe this blessed month.” 

The TUC has also published advice, Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan. Author Liz Hussain writes: “The fasting day is long. The morning meal will be before dawn and people won’t break their fast until dusk. That’s 13 hours without food or drink (yes that’s right, not even water!). This can be challenging for many Muslims especially whilst at work.

“That’s why it’s important to support your Muslim workmates, to stand in solidarity with them and create a team culture where everyone is respected and valued, no matter where they’re from or who they worship.”

* Read The Muslim Council of Britain’s Guide to Ramadan 2022 here.

* Read Supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan here.

* Sources: Muslim Council of Britain and Trades Union Congress