Every year, hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide observe Ramadan. For a month, they fast during daylight hours, taking pre-dawn meals – or suhoor – and abstaining from food and drink until they break their fast, known as iftar. They also do multiple daily prayers, or duas, during the holy month. For many of those observing, other parts of their daily lives go on as usual during this period – including work, education and family duties.
The creative industry counts many practicing Muslims among its workforce, who will be observing Ramadan while working varied roles in the industry – some of which involve differing work schedules or on-set jobs that may require physical exertion, such as in fashion and film.
If you’re just starting out or in your first full-time role, it can sometimes be a struggle to convey any needs or seek understanding from peers and employers. With that in mind, we speak with three creatives who have observed Ramadan while holding down full-time, in-house and freelance roles, to hear their experiences and advice.