Fasting plays an important role in many major religions and is a central feature in all the Abrahamic faiths. In Islam, adult Muslims, who are able to, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan. Fasting has been ordained to improve mindfulness of Allah (God) in Muslims’ day-to-day lives. For this reason, Ramadan is a time of prayer and self-reflection, where Muslims are encouraged to read the Qur’an, increase in their charitable giving and in worship. These acts engender a sense of gratitude, self-discipline and restraint, which should continue throughout the year.

Like last year, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr will take place during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance includes specific advice around COVID-19 and implications for fasting in Ramadan for staff, and how line managers can support colleagues who are fasting.