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Ramadan – Fasting, and Employment Law during Covid-19

What is Ramadan?

The month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic year. It is when the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours, meaning they do not eat, drink or engage in sexual relations for the duration of their fast. Muslims observing Ramadan also increase in spiritual devotional acts such as prayer, giving to charity and strengthening family ties.  Muslims are encouraged to share their food with friends, family and neighbours and to reach out to those who may be fasting alone, to share their Ramadan experiences.

Fasting is one of the ‘five pillars’ of Islam. A key objective of fasting is to increase in taqwa (closeness to God), and to become more aware of yourself and have a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and self- improvement, at both an individual and community level 

In 2020, Ramadan begins on the 23 April. However, Ramadan this year is very different due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Everyone is having to adapt to changing circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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