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Driving Through Ramadan

Driving Through Ramadan

9th April 2024
Rachid - driving through ramadan

My name is Rachid and I have been driving for Go Service Solutions for nearly four years. I am also a Muslim, which means that during the holy month of Ramadan, I need to prepare and plan for fasting during daylight hours.

During Ramadan, which this year falls between March 10th and April 9th, Muslims around the world fast for a specific period of the day so that they can draw closer to God through obedience and abandonment of desires. This gives them an opportunity to restrain and refine the soul and get rid of the burdens of material life.

But Ramadan is not only limited to abstaining from food and drink and curbing desires. It is also a great opportunity for a climate of compassion, tolerance and love to prevail in society.

The general atmosphere in the month of Ramadan is often completely different from other months. After breaking the fast, you will hear the sounds of prayer and social gatherings in the Muslim community, while the day is more peaceful and spiritual during fasting hours.

Two main meals are served during Ramadan: Suhoor, which is served before dawn, and Iftar which is served after sunset. Meals are eaten with family or with the local community: friends, guests, neighbours. We are obligated to prepare breakfast in abundance, with the possibility of guests, which usually means preparing double the amount of food you would normally.

I must admit, it is hard to maintain productivity during daylight hours during fasting, as lack of sleep, lack of food and drink, and the lack of caffeine can affect concentration. Since our daily routine changes completely during this holy month, it is important to plan and prepare to perform tasks and activities during the day.

My experience during Ramadan while I am doing my delivery work is difficult, as I spend nine hours on the route. I often feel thirsty and hungry, especially as the day wears on. The company, which is multi-cultural and employs drivers from around the world, are very supportive during this time, which helps.

This year, on 10th April, we will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr to mark the end of the month of Ramadan. It is a time for celebration with family and loved ones and the start of Shawwal, the tenth month in the Islamic calendar.

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