Ramadan At Work

I started working a week before Ramadan. As much as possible, depending on work load and other office-related circumstances, Masood and I try to pray together. The mosque is small; it’s an office space actually. There’s a small space at the corner near the door, separated off from the rest of the room by a wooden divider, where women can pray in private. But there is only one entrance to the mosque, so I can basically see how many men are in the mosque.

Usually, there would be around 10 or 15 men during Maghrib, that’s when everyone comes down to the mosque to pray at the same time. Otherwise, there would be just 5 or 8 men praying. In the ladies section, there would only be two of us.

However, since Ramadan started, I noticed a few things:

  • There is a sudden increase in the number of men and women praying: the mosque gets full now! Where were all these Muslims brothers and sisters before Ramadan?
  • It is now common to see people sitting in the corner reading the Qur’an. This wasn’t happening at all last week.
  • Women bring in their footwear inside the praying area. I mean, who’s going to steal them! All the people coming in to pray are professionals working in the same building.
  • After As’r prayers, I find some men sleeping in the mosque. That’s okay, I guess. But when I start to pray, that’s when the snoring competition begins, and it is really a distraction.
  • The restaurants on the ground floor have curtains on them, so that the food is not openly displayed, and you can still go in and eat if you’re not fasting.
  • There is a tent put up for smokers. It is prohibited to smoke in public during Ramadan, so if you can’t resist the urge to smoke, do it inside the tent.
  • We get to work only 6 hours! Others, like my brother-in-law for instance, work for only 5 hours each day.
  • The traffic is horrible after As’r prayers, with everyone rushing to be home to break the fast. Drivers are irritable and impatient.

Nevertheless, I am grateful that I am spending Ramadan in a Muslim country with my family, and having to work less hours, Alhumdulillah.

How’s your Ramadan coming along so far?

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18 Responses to Ramadan At Work

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  2. Wakas Mir says:

    Very nice observation sis.. and sad baat ye ke these things happen ONLY in ramadan and end the moment ramadan is over hmm Allah hidayat de hum sab ko.. ameen sum ameen aur kuch logon ko doosron se ziada jo Islam ke naam pe mazaq karte hein.

    ~ Ameen. It’s sad. Even back home in Pakistan it’s very common to see the Ramadan Masjid rush, and then right after Eid, the number of men and women praying suddenly declines.

  3. Ab says:

    Where did you live before, that you are grateful to be in a Muslim country now?

    ~ I was in Manila for a decade for my higher studies, with father and a younger sister. Now, we’re all here in the UAE πŸ™‚

  4. BholiBhali says:

    It seems like ur Ramadan days are going gr8 and busy sis, MashAllah πŸ˜€

    Reading all points and changes due 2 Ramadan above, what I think is that as we human beings are “fitratan” khudgarz so we run towards good deeds and praying and so on more in Ramadan coz we know that the reward is increased 3times more hmm.. πŸ™‚

    As 4 our Ramadan over her in Europe its quite Quiet compared 2 Ramadan in a Muslim country, but phir bhi Ramadan ki barkat to hoti hai hai where ever we are.. 1thing i see in every Ramadan as well as in this one that “cooking” and “Eating” are also increased with 3times more πŸ˜› thou I personally am tryin my best 2 not eat more than usual,Alhamdulilah! Coz i believe Ramadan ka meaning he wrong kiya hua hai humne with all the extra food and stuff for Sehri and Iftari…. We are suppose 2 feel how Allah’s ppl feel when they dont have something 2eat.. Not eat 4 all day when its Iftari time πŸ˜› hmmm..

    Its sad that some ppl are unfortunate when it comes 2 enjoy Ramadan,and collect all the blessings, coz they cant give up their “desire” 4 food,smoke and what so ever..really sad!

    And btw that snoring competition made me laugh πŸ˜› my duas with u….

    (sorry if bit log comment,still got lot 2share πŸ˜› )

    ~ Yes, Ramadan this year is hectic for me, but it’s one of the best I ever had and I am thoroughly enjoying every single day, Alhumdulillah.

    It’s true, the abundance of rewards and blessings that Allah has promised for this month is what drives people to pray regularly. It’s just sad how some people totally abandon all the prayers as soon as Ramadan is over.

    We also have a very light iftaar: Rooh Afza, some dahi barey, dates, and fruits.

    “Ramadan ki barkat to hoti hai hai where ever we are” – that is so true! πŸ™‚

  5. Nisa says:

    so true, the part abt more ppl in the mosque in ramadan! its the same case here in singapore, but i guess looking at the brighter side will show us that muslims are very much aware of the the virtues of ramadan πŸ˜€ Alhamdulillah to that and hopefully all the good habits we practice in Ramadan we shall strive to bring it on to rest of the year as well, Inshallah.

    ~ Ameen!

  6. Aadil says:

    Nice to see the increased number of people praying namaz in the holy month of ramazan. One has to admire the fact that people do realize the importance of collecting more and more ‘sawab’ in this month. Said that, one has be punctual in prayers other than ramazan too.
    Ramzan here is going pretty well except for the hot weather that we are having here in Islamabad. There is a feeling of severe thirst after 3 or 4 pm. The office hours have shortened so I try to kill the thirst in a distraction to sleep for an hour and a half till iftari.

    ~ It’s different for me here in the UAE. I feel hungry, not thirsty. Unlike in Karachi, it was definitely thirst and not hunger. But then that’s the essense of Ramadan: to practice self-restraint.

  7. Haleem says:

    well – they do say the devils have been chained!

    ~ Indeed!

  8. Niyaz says:

    salamz

    ramadan is goin gud alhamdhulilah!!

    u are absolutely rite , even in our office too same kind of crowd gathering for prayers which is gud but if u see in normal dayz it was so empty only few guys occupy the space….

    surprise to hear from u dat hotels were opened in a hiding screen !!!

    ~ Walaikum Assalam.

    There are a lot of non-Muslim employees here at the Dubai Internet City, so the restaurants are open for them.

  9. masood says:

    Snoring Competition…LOL!
    Now we actually know how many muslims brothers here were in trap of Shaitaan. May Allah give us all a power to understand taqwa and deen….Aameen.

    This Ramadan for me is a special one because we are praying together, fasting together, working together. Alhmdulillah πŸ™‚

  10. nadia says:

    Well, you went for Asr prayers early yesterday, so you missed the snoring olympics πŸ˜€

    Ameen to your dua.

    For me, this is the best Ramadan ever, Alhumdulillah!

  11. Amir says:

    Living in North America, its business as usual, however, yes, there are always more brothers that comes for salaat during this month. But…sigh…no short work days πŸ˜›

    ~ Do you make it home on time for Iftar though?

    It’s tough to work full time while fasting.

  12. Isn’t it an irony? A sudden increase in the number of men and women going to mosques in Ramadan? I mean why is it so in Ramadan only? As Muslims our conduct is expected to be the same round the year. Or perhaps people think they can ward off a complete year’s wrong doings by being nice and good Muslims in this month. Many of us will return to our ‘usual selves’ after the month is over hoping that we’ll get another opportunity next year—to seek forgiveness from Allah. How many people are actually looking forward to changing their lives form here on?

    ~ That’s how some of our bothers and sisters think, that they can repent an entire year’s sin during Ramadan, and carry on with their non-praying self the entire year right after fasting. May Allah guide us all in the right path and strengthen our emaan so that we may continue to grow as better Muslims, Ameen.

  13. Ab says:

    “It’s tough to work full time while fasting.”

    That is true, but I don’t think that we are supposed to change our lifestyles/patterns because of Ramadan.

    It is good that they offer those in Muslim countries shorter work hours, but I don’t think that should be the case.

    ~ I disagree. We need to somehow change our lifestyle during Ramadan, trying to focus on reaping its blessings and bounty by making extra effort on pleasing Allah. This is not just any other month. This is the Holy month of Ramadan. By getting shorter work hours, we are able to spend more time on reading the Qur’an and other forms of worship. Getting home earlier than usual also gives us time to rest and lessen fatigue so that we are well-rested by the time the evening prayers start.

  14. UmmTravis says:

    Snoring olympics, hahahaha

    Ya, I get what your saying though…. its hard really, knowing that once Ramadan is over, people will slowly decrease back to what it used to be. Allah help us, and the Muslims to find the right way and be steadfast in our path, Ameen

    Miss u sis x

    ~ Ameen!

    I’m just a comment away, sister πŸ™‚

  15. Jus says:

    Wow a curtain in the restaurant so u can eat!! Over here, i’d die of embarassment if i go to a convenience store to buy a bag of chips!

    But i dont like that smoking room thingy. Why are they encouraging pple NOT to fast since according to stats most smokers are men, and they have no excuse NOT to fast unless they are sick but if they are indeed sick, they shouldnt be smoking na?!?!?!

    Its sooo cool to have short working hours!! But i agree with Ab, if we are not living/working in a Muslim country, i think we should show our best that even though we’re fasting, we can still work up to standard.

    ~ A lot of non-Muslim employees from different countries are working in Dubai Internet City, so the restaurants and smoke tents are basically for them. I do not mind the restaurants, but I am totally against the smoke tents.

    I didn’t mean to imply that Muslims living in non-Muslim countries should demand for shorter working hours. I was just trying to justify Ab’s statement, “It is good that they offer those in Muslim countries shorter work hours, but I don’t think that should be the case.”

    Muslim countries allow for shorter working hours, and they should.

  16. Mary says:

    Hey, it worked. I wasn’t able to leave a comment this morning! I guess it’s the same in all regions – many people seem to only show up for the important holidays. That’s too bad. Very interesting about the smoking tents and the shortened work hours. I imagine people would get irritable when fasting. And you’ve got masses of people all fasting at once. Wow.

    ~ Hey, Mary. So glad you dropped by. I’ve been so mentally drained lately that I just don’t have the energy left to blog. Due to dehydration, being irritable is expected. However, we try to restrain ourselves from being so. Fasting for us is a test – emotional, physical, and spiritual. As much as possible, we try not to let fasting disrupt our normal activities πŸ™‚

  17. Jus says:

    Oh yeah i forgot about the non muslims working in Dubai.

    My non-muslim ex colleague has been transferred to Dubai. He doesnt drink a lot but went wide eyed about the alcohol limit a person is allowed in a month.

    Personally, i think that’s just swell. ha ha.. im all for stopping alcohol and cigarettes in this world!

    ~ Count me in on that one, sis. Would be wonderful if tobacco and alcohol are banned forever! πŸ™‚

  18. Yazi says:

    Its definitely fun spending Ramadan in muslim country. I am in Pakistan now. Everyone is praying, reading Quran, attending millads, darss, etc it is such a great feeling. Oh yes good food is bonus πŸ˜‰
    Back in days I lived all my life in USA, Ramadan have not been like this. I think thats because you are away from your culture. However having said that, I really never had any problem observing fasting, the people I worked under usually Americans were caring and went out of their ways to accommodate me. I have had flexible timings offered to be with family at Mughrib time.

    have a great Ramadan, good luck πŸ™‚

    ~ I’ve also been told by Masood that Americans are usually considerate and understanding. He used to get a couple of hours off for Jumma prayers, sometimes he even gets to work only half day. As long as you explain it to them nicely, they really don’t mind. But then, nothing beats having Ramadan in a Muslim country πŸ™‚

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