DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION |
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. This year, Ramadan began on May 5, and runs through June 4.
Most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims observe Ramadan, meaning it’s very likely that you know or might encounter someone – a friend, coworker, neighbor, salesperson, server at a local restaurant or any number of others – who will be observing the event. But what exactly is Ramadan? It’s the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam’s sacred text, to Mohammed.
During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It’s a time of spiritual discipline – of deep contemplation of one’s relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran. It’s also a time of celebration and joy, to be spent with loved ones. At the end of Ramadan, there’s a big three-day celebration. This “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast” is a religious holiday where Muslims come together for big meals with family and friends, and to exchange presents. And you might hear people sharing greetings of “Ramadan Kareem,” which translates to “Have a generous Ramadan,” with one another.
Maybe you celebrate Ramadan, or maybe you celebrate another religious holiday. Regardless of your beliefs, at RSM, not only do we embrace the uniqueness of all of our 10,000 people nationwide, but we celebrate that uniqueness, and encourage our people to learn about and respect our differences.
This year, while in the midst of Ramadan, our Interfaith employee network group (ENG) would like to encourage those of you who celebrate the season to also educate others about what it means to you. For those of you not familiar with the observance, we encourage you to learn from those you know or those you encounter who do celebrate it. As we learn and understand more about one another, respect and acceptance are very often the byproducts. And who doesn’t want to live in a world where respect and acceptance are the norm?
Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan!) – from RSM’s Interfaith employee network group, and the rest of our 10,000 people nationwide.
National Interfaith Employee Network Group Leader
RSM's Interfaith supports members in their faith-related activities, business initiatives and community service.