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’ve 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.
Check out how Ramadan is celebrated around the world.
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.
Safety tips if you’re fasting:
Fasting can be good for our bodies and minds, however, it can also cause tiredness, dizziness and stress. If you’re out on the road, these are all things that might cause a reduction in attention, focus and your safety.
When on the road, please remember to:
- Keep a minimum length of two cars between you and the vehicle ahead of you (double this in wet weather)
- Do not drive over the speed limit
- Avoid rushing home or to the Mosque close to or after Iftar time, please drive safely
- If you are fasting and don’t feel well, pull over immediately and take a short break
- Wear your safety equipment at all times and make sure they are secured properly
How you can get involved in Ramadan:
- 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
- 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
Eid Mubarak = Blessed feast/festival