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Observing the holy month of Ramadan

06 April, 2022

Farhad Zaman
US Chief Network Officer
Nadirah Ibrahim
Consulting Solutions Principal

Ramadan Mubarak to those observing this holy month

Our people are the heart and soul of PwC, and through our Inclusion Networks we work to build community and connection. Specifically through our Inter-belief Inclusion Network, we help increase awareness and understanding of different faiths and beliefs — helping us to be allies, speak out against intolerance and hate, and stand up for religious inclusion. We are honored to co-lead the Muslim Inter-belief Inclusion Network, and share why the month of Ramadan is so meaninfgul to the Muslim community.

Ramadan is the most important month in the Islamic calendar. It’s a time for prayer, quiet reflection and self-discipline, as well as acting with generosity and charity. Fasting is also important. Each day throughout the month, the fast begins just before dawn and ends at sunset. During Ramadan, we both plan to take time for daily prayer and reflection. In Nadirah’s family, everyone will also wake for a pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and end the day with breaking their fast together (Iftaar), often with Kuih Keria, a Malaysian sweet potato donut that is a favorite treat in their home. Farhad will also devote time to giving back to family, friends, and those in his community and break his fast by trying new and different foods.

Below, we invite you to learn how each member of the Muslim Inter-belief Inclusion Network Leadership Team at PwC personally observes Ramadan.

“Ramadan is my favorite time of the year. There’s a sense of peace and love all around that is contagious. It’s a time where my family and community are the closest and our faith strengthened. Personally, it’s also a period of reflection, lots of meditation and spiritual renewal. I am so grateful for this time each year.”

Hyrana Salifu
Trust Solutions Senior Manager

“Ramadan has been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. From the mental and physical test of fasting to the spiritual growth from increased prayer and worship, Ramadan is a high point for me. This year, I plan to re-engage with friends, family, and my community to rekindle the communal aspect of Ramadan that was sorely missed during the pandemic.”

Usamah Rashid
Consulting Solutions Senior Manager

“It’s easy to get consumed with work and life but the beauty of Ramadan for me is taking a step back to focus on my spiritual growth. Before the month starts, I write a list of all the things I want to achieve daily. This helps me center my focus on actions I find personally rewarding such as reading the Quran, attending lectures at the mosque, performing extra prayers, and giving back. One of my favorite Ramadan memories is spending the last few days of the month in Mashhad, Iran with my family in 2019.” 

Hanyeh Khoshnevisan
Trust Solutions Manager

“To me, Ramadan is a month of generosity. This month teaches me to be kind, donate generously, and maintain self-control in hopes of continuing to follow these good deeds through the year. I observe Ramadan by decorating my house with lights, sharing Ramadan treats with my neighbors, and spending time with family. When the month concludes with a celebration known as Eid al Fitr, I celebrate with family and friends by feasting, wearing henna, giving gifts, and giving back to those less fortunate on this occasion for them to celebrate as well.”

Hareem Khaliq
Consulting Solutions Associate

“During Ramadan, a typical day for me starts at 4:15 am when my family and I have suhoor. When I finish my morning prayers, I try to make time to read the Quran. Once at work, I balance praying and my tasks for the day.  After work, I visit my family's house to break my fast. Some evenings, I volunteer at the local mosque to help serve iftaar. My favorite part of Ramadan is that it allows me to reassess priorities and reflect spiritually on the year. Ramadan helps me exercise discipline and reflection in my daily life and gives me a chance to be better within all aspects of my life, including  faith, family, friends, and my community.”

Mohammad Shahid
Consulting Solutions Senior Associate

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