Why I’m Grateful To Work From Home, Especially During Ramadan

Cassidy Jakovickas

May 15, 2024

In recent years, remote work has gained popularity and become a viable alternative to the conventional office environment. I’ve been fortunate to find a firm like MBS Accountancy that allows us to work from home – it’s especially helpful during Ramadan. 

For Muslims, the observance of Ramadan can be challenging while working within a traditional office setting. This is why Muslims like me appreciate companies that allow their employees to work from home, especially during Ramadan.

The Challenges of Ramadan For Muslims in The Office

As a Muslim, I believe it’s important to discuss the requirements of Ramadan so you can understand and appreciate the unique challenges we Muslims face while working in an office during Ramadan:

Fasting from dawn to sunset impacts our focus and energy

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast daily from dawn until sunset. This involves abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs during daylight hours. Fasting helps us develop spiritual discipline, self-reflection, and empathize with the less fortunate.  However, the absence of regular meals and water during our Ramadan fasts makes it more difficult for us to complete daily tasks and responsibilities and maintain our energy and focus throughout the workday. 

Observing daily prayers is difficult without a dedicated space

In addition to the five daily prayers that form the core of Islamic worship, Muslims also engage in special prayers during Ramadan. These prayers, called Tarawih, are performed after the Isha prayer (night prayer) in a congregation and serve as an opportunity to deepen our connection with Allah and the Islamic community. Balancing these additional religious obligations with a busy work schedule can be demanding, particularly if our workplace doesn’t provide prayer spaces or we have unsupportive managers and supervisors. At previous jobs, I’d pray in my own office but when our Mulsim clients would come, I’d have to disappointedly inform them that we didn’t have a dedicated prayer space for them to use.

Disconnection from food-related social activities impacts camaraderie

Office environments often involve social activities like group lunches and coffee breaks. For Muslims observing Ramadan, these activities can be a source of awkwardness, as they must abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. This can cause many Muslims to feel isolated or excluded from social dynamics while they observe Ramadan.

The Benefits Of Remote Work For Muslims During Ramadan

Remote work offers several benefits for Muslims observing Ramadan, making it an attractive option for maintaining a healthy work-life balance during this holy month. By working from home, we can better manage our time, energy, and religious obligations. This allows us to fully embrace the spirit of Ramadan without compromising our professional responsibilities. Some key benefits of remote work for Muslims during Ramadan include:

  • Flexible Scheduling: Working remotely allows for greater flexibility in scheduling, enabling Muslims to plan their work hours around their fasting, prayers, and other religious activities. During Ramadan, I have been able to adjust my work schedule to start earlier so I’m not working during my usual midday energy slump. This kind of flexibility allows me to stay productive without neglecting my spiritual obligations.
  • Comfortable Environment: Remote work provides a comfortable and controlled environment for observing Ramadan. We can adjust the temperature, lighting, and noise levels to suit our needs while fasting, ensuring we remain focused and comfortable throughout the day.
  • Break Management: Working from home allows us to take breaks more easily for prayers, rest, or hydration after breaking the fast. This flexibility can help manage our stress and fatigue so we maintain our well-being during Ramadan.
  • Privacy for Prayers: Remote work offers a private space for Muslims to perform their daily prayers, including the additional prayers specific to Ramadan, without interruption or the need to find a suitable prayer space in the office. This privacy can contribute to a more fulfilling and less stressful prayer experience for us.
  • Reduced Social Pressure: In a remote work setting, Muslims observing Ramadan can avoid the social pressures, awkwardness, or discrimination that may arise during workplace gatherings involving food and drink. This can help reduce feelings of isolation or exclusion during the fasting period.
  • Time Savings: Remote work eliminates the usual commute time, which can be especially valuable during Ramadan. The time saved can be spent on additional worship, prayers, or rest, enhancing the overall Ramadan experience.
  • Enhanced Work-Life Balance: Working remotely allows Muslims to better balance their professional responsibilities with their religious and family obligations during Ramadan. By being closer to home, they can more easily participate in family iftars, attend mosque prayers, and engage in other religious activities while navigating work commitments.

Being able to work from home is a blessing for me

I love seeing my kid’s excitement and joy as we read Ramadan books and do activities that build a deeper connection to our faith. Ultimately, remote work improves the Ramadan experience for me and other Muslims by offering a supportive and flexible environment that accommodates our unique needs during this sacred time for us.