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Muslims would like to see more initiatives to raise awareness of Ramadan


Muslims would like to see more initiatives to raise awareness of Ramadan

Those polled would like to see initiatives from companies to raise awareness of Ramadan and its practices.

A study of a wide range of Muslims across the UK revealed while 48 per cent feel their employers do take some measures to support the community during Ramadan, more could be done in the workplace.

BAFTA-nominated TV chef, Zuhair Hassan, known to many as Big Zuu, who is working with Uber Eats:

“For me, Ramadan is a time to reset and reflect. “Iftar is my favourite part of Ramadan, it feels like a pinnacle moment – you take a step back, realise where you are now, and where you’re meant to be heading.

“So, I’m pleased to be partnering with Uber Eats on an initiative that is celebrating the significance of this moment. It’s so important that Muslims are represented and feel seen and heard in modern Britain, not least during the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, so it’s great to be able to highlight the fantastic food our culture has to offer.

More flexibility (56 per cent), earlier finish times (55 per cent) and frequent breaks throughout the day (41 per cent) were among the top things these workers would like to have during the month. Later start times and working from home also feature among the workplace requests.

In response to these findings, Uber Eats launched its ‘Sundown Spots’ initiative – a series of pop-up restaurants offering free iftar meals after sundown to support the delivery drivers and couriers working throughout Ramadan.

Zuhair Hassan:

“When it comes to opening fast, I’ll eat most things – apart from pork, of course. Sometimes I’ll cook, but often I’ll treat myself to a meal out or takeaway, and when it’s time to celebrate Eid, for me that’s also centred around food – a nice dinner, surrounded by my closest friends or family.

“It’s important to remember that some people don’t always have family to cook for them, so food delivery services with Halal options like Uber Eats are really key to facilitating iftar for many fasters.”

The study also found that encouragingly, half of Muslim workers (48 per cent) felt their colleagues had a fair understanding of what Ramadan is and entails. While 64 per cent of those polled via OnePoll said their employer encourages open, honest conversations with their peers about their religion and its practices.

Ramadan is a month for giving, so for every Halal meal ordered on Uber Eats throughout the holy month, the food ordering platform will donate a Halal meal to its food rescue partner, City Harvest, which works with several local Muslim charities and foodbanks, to ensure that as many people as possible are well nourished during Ramadan and beyond.

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