At Deliveroo, we value diversity and want to ensure that we respect different cultures in all of our interactions. As we believe the best way to respect different cultures is to understand them, we have pulled together an overview of what Ramadan entails as well as some tips to keep in mind while completing your deliveries during this holy month.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast, forgo pleasures, and pray to become closer to God. Those observing Ramadan also use it as a time to gather with family. Ramadan originated in Arabia during a time before Islam when the rich were not sharing their food or money with the less fortunate, and as such, did not know what it felt like to go without. Fasting was initiated so people could empathise with the poor and better understand how they could help them.
What happens during Ramadan?
- Fasting (of food and water) happens from dawn until sunset. The “subhoor” meal (pre-dawn) and “iftar” meal (sunset) are very important; Muslims host iftar gathering where they break the fast together. Fasting is usually broken with water and dates (the food).
- Those with a form of sickness are exempt from fasting.
- Muslims focus on prayer and reading the qur’an, as the holy book was revealed during this month.
- Giving to good causes and generosity are encouraged.
- The end of the month of Ramadan is marked by a moon sighting which commences three days of festivities known as “eid-al-fitr”
- Non-muslims are welcome to get involved. In the Gulf region, many iftar and subhoor events are set up as a way of bringing the entire community together. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are welcome to join.
Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Exchange Ramadan greetings, especially at the beginning of the month! The word ‘Kareem’ in the phrase ‘Ramadan Kareem’ is the equivalent to ‘generous’, so the expression means ‘Wish you generous Ramadan’.
- Get into the charitable spirit during the Holy Month by donating to Ramadan camps, care packages and other charity organisations.
- Fast along with your Muslim friends or fellow riders for a day or two and break the fast together at the time of iftar.
Things to consider:
- Night time deliveries requests could be higher.
- Throughout the day, many Islamic restaurants may be closed.
- Those observing Ramadan greatly appreciate when others avoid smoking, drinking, or talking about food around them.
Make sure to wish others a happy Ramadan!
Ramadan mubarak = Blessed Ramadan
Ramadan kareem = Happy/generous Ramadan