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Ramadan (Mar 12-Apr 9)

Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam and the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. From March 12 through April 9 this year, all Muslims who are healthy and have reached puberty are required to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking daily from dawn until sunset.

The occasion also involves prayer, acts of charity and introspection.

"Ramadan is much more than abstaining from food and drink," said Haroon Imtiaz, communications coordinator for the Islamic Center of North America. "It is a time of intense devotion and spiritual practice."

Many employers remain uneducated on certain aspects of Ramadan. They may also not know how to accommodate Muslim employees during this time. But learning more about the occasion and explicitly showing support to Muslim workers can make this group feel a sense of belonging. (Source: SHRM 2022)

Toolkit: Navigating Religious Beliefs in the Workplace
Express Request: Leave for Religious Observances
SHRM Related Resources

Religious Discrimination

Ramadan 2024 is expected to begin on or about Tuesday, March 12 and end on Tuesday, April 9.

Global Resources
Note: While laws vary by country, the suggestions for supporting Muslim employees during Ramadan are broadly applicable.

How to support Muslims at work during Ramadan
Inclusive Employers | Feb 2024

Supporting Your Employees During Ramadan
Nextep | Feb 2024

Supporting employees during Ramadan
Worknest | Feb 2024

Related Resources


18 Ideas For HRs To Celebrate Ramadan At Work
Vantage Circle | Jan 2024

Ramadan In The Workplace: A Free eBook
Downloadable after completion of brief form.
Muslamic Makers | 2024

16 Best Ramadan Activities, Games, and Ideas for Work | Aug 2023

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