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WralTechwire by Rick Smith— August 7, 2019 Editor’s note: Jess Porta is Director of HQ Raleigh. This is the second of two stories about Islam in the Triangle.
Muslims must pray five times per day during certain windows of time. This means that during any shift, there is likely a need for your Muslim colleague or employee to pray. Consider creating a space for prayer. It does not have to be a large amount of space and it doesn’t have to be only for one use. Even a lockable office would do. HQ’s Wellness rooms are primarily for new moms, but are also available for members who practice prayer or meditation during the work day.
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It’s no secret that some of our national holidays (the days you typically have off of work) in the US overlap with Christian holidays, so for most people, this is convenient time off. (No, I am not declaring a war on Christmas or saying you should cancel Easter). I’m simply suggesting that in addition to national holidays, you can offer floating or flex days to all of your employees of all faith backgrounds to use them as they choose. So that way, people of other faiths enjoy their respective holidays as fully as possible.
Most Muslims follow a “Halal” diet (an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted). Islam permits most foods – the notable exceptions being alcohol and pork. The Halal diet requires meat to be prepared a specific way, and these days Halal meat options are readily available in grocery stores across the country. So when you are ordering food for that company picnic, consider exploring Halal food sources or provide some vegetarian options to be safe. Non-alcoholic options...
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