Shazia Parveen is a RCN (Royal College of Nursing) Officer for the East Midlands and has been a mentor with MWC since January 2021. She has previously held roles as a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian, Ward Sister and Nurse in the NHS. Throughout her career, Shazia has stood for justice, using her voice and actions to bring about change.
For me, during Ramadan, routine is extremely important to balance work life and health. Since we have the longer fasts, I try and get a nap where possible during the day to allow rest even if it’s after work.
Reading the Quran is spread out during the prayers. With my current role this year as regional officer for RCN, I will be starting much later in the morning to allow me to rest and time to pray. I eat more protein and small portions when I open my fast so I can then eat better at the time we close the fast. I do not eat fried food that will make me thirsty throughout the day. When I read my Taraweeh prayer, I keep a bottle of water with lemon next to me to get my fluid intake and prevent headaches.
I will not plan any other activities this month in relation to social activities or evening meetings. Fasting is not about not eating for the day, it’s about the whole experience for the soul and body. An opportunity to seek forgiveness.
You can also read Jennifer Ogunyemi’s Ramadan routine here, where she discusses how she navigates her busy working day, family commitments and Ramadan.
This Ramadan, Muslim Women Connect have put together a comprehensive guide for employers and organisations to help build inclusivity in the workplace by raising awareness of Ramadan and suggesting how organisations can support their Muslim colleagues during this important month.
Download our digital PDF version here to circulate amongst your own colleagues and friends.
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