Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Run Fatboy Run

As I sat in a two-hour long all employees meeting at my work today, I had to fight the boredom of watching a long presentation of slides after slides. But being bored was not the biggest thing on my mind, I had to be strong while I see everyone around me eat and drink. Ramadan is not easy for people who work- they had to continue doing their best while running on empty. 

For Muslims in non-Muslim work environment challenge is many-fold. Since you don’t want to give the impression that fasting is bringing down your productive therefore you have to work really hard when all you feel like is taking a nap and you can’t drink coffee to keep yourself awake. You have to give in your full eight hours at work, though some places it is possible to go early and come home early. Only in Ramadan you realize that how much of activities even at work involve food and drinks lunch interviews, farewell lunches, all employee meetings, company picnics, and not to mention endless cups of coffee and tea to keep one focused. 

Ramadan means that you have to draw from your inner strength, without the aid of caffeine, and continue the exemplary work so that no one can say that look at Muslims they keep fast for a month but slack off at work. We the Muslim employees working in non-Muslim workplaces work extra hard in Ramadan because honor of Islam is on our shoulders. 

Note: The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42 KM that is usually run as a road race. The legend states that a Greek messenger was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon. It is said that he ran the entire distance (42 KM) without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming "We wοn" before collapsed and died.

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