Sunday 10th March marked the start of Ramadhan - a time of unity within the Muslim community.

Our HR team’s newest member Rumesha shared why the holy month is important to her.

Ramadhan isn’t merely a month of fasting from dawn till dusk; it’s a profound spiritual journey encompassing self-discipline, gratitude, community, and devotion. For me, Ramadhan serves as a time of heightened spiritual awareness and connection with my faith. It’s a period of introspection and self-renewal, where I strive to strengthen my relationship with Allah through increased prayer, recitation of Qur’an, and acts of charity. Fasting during daylight hours fosters a sense of empathy and solidarity with the less fortunate, reminding me of the blessings that I often take for granted.

Moreover, Ramadhan is a time of unity within the Muslim community. It’s a month where families come together for iftar, the evening meal to break the fast, fostering bonds and strengthening ties.

My favourite part of Ramadhan is the Night of Power (Laylat-al-Qadr). This is a special night within the last ten days of Ramadhan, believed to be the night when the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. As Muslims, we believe that worship and prayers performed on this night are especially potent, and Du’as (supplications) made during this time are accepted. The Qur’an describes Laylat-al-Qadr as “better than a thousand months” (Qur’an 97:3), emphasising its extraordinary importance and the unparalleled blessings it brings. The acceptance of Du’a during this sacred month underscores the profound mercy and compassion of Allah, reminding believers of his readiness to answer their prayers and grant them blessings beyond measure.

As we embark on another Ramadhan, its significance remains undiminished. In the face of worldly distractions and challenges, Ramadhan offers a sanctuary for spiritual reflection. It’s a time to realign our priorities and seek forgiveness, embodying the core values of Islam: compassion, humility, and perseverance.