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Ramadan 2024 Oman: A Helpful Guide

As-salamu alaykum! Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, is approaching. This year, Muslims worldwide anticipate Ramadan to begin around March 13th 2024. Let’s delve into Ramadan’s significance and how to prepare for this meaningful time.

Official Ramadan 2024 Working Hours

The Ministry of Labour in Oman has officially released the adjusted working hours for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan 1445 AH (anticipated to take place in March 2024). Here’s the breakdown:

Government Sector (State’s Administrative Apparatus)

  • Official working hours will be from 9 AM to 2 PM.
  • Heads of departments have the flexibility to adjust attendance and departure times within these timeframes:
    • 7 AM to 12 PM
    • 8 AM to 1 PM
    • 9 AM to 2 PM
    • 10 AM to 3 PM

Private Sector

  • Muslim employees will work a reduced schedule of 6 hours per day.
  • The total weekly working hours during Ramadan will be 30.

Important Notes:

  • The Ministry of Labour encourages remote work for employees where possible, without hindering workflow.
  • A minimum of 50% of employees should be physically present in workplaces.

Why the Change?

Reduced working hours during Ramadan promote a balance between work obligations and the spiritual practices important during this holy month.

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What is Ramadan in Islam?

Ramadan stands as the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. It’s a period of profound spiritual focus, marked by fasting, prayer, self-reflection, and acts of kindness. Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

What Does Fasting in Ramadan Mean?

During Ramadan, healthy adult Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. This practice aims to foster self-discipline, empathy for the less fortunate, and a deeper connection with God.

Ramadan Fasting Rules

  • Intention: Before dawn, set a clear intention to fast for the sake of Allah.
  • Suhoor: Enjoy a nourishing meal before dawn to sustain you throughout the day.
  • Abstention: Refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and intimate relations during fasting hours.
  • Iftar: Break your fast at sunset, often starting with dates and water, followed by a shared meal with family or community.
  • Exceptions: Children, the elderly, those who are ill, pregnant, or menstruating are generally exempt from fasting.

10 Reasons Ramadan is Important

  1. Spiritual Renewal: Ramadan offers a chance to strengthen your bond with Allah.
  2. Increased Self-Control: Fasting cultivates self-discipline and reminds us to control desires.
  3. Empathy and Gratitude: Experiencing hunger and thirst fosters compassion for those in need.
  4. Enhanced Generosity: Ramadan inspires acts of charity and sharing with others.
  5. Community Bonding: Breaking fast together and attending special prayers (Taraweeh) create a sense of togetherness.
  6. Forgiveness and Repentance: It’s a time to seek forgiveness and mend relationships.
  7. Healthy Habits: Ramadan can encourage a healthier lifestyle and breaking negative habits.
  8. Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr): This special night within Ramadan holds immense blessings and the potential for answered prayers.
  9. Celebration of Eid al-Fitr: This marks the end of Ramadan, a joyous festival of feasting and gratitude.
  10. Personal Transformation: Ramadan offers the space for profound inner growth and positive change.

Why is Ramadan Important?

رمضان مبارك (Ramadan Mubarak)! Ramadan is much more than just abstaining from food. It’s a precious opportunity to cleanse your heart, connect with faith, and become a better version of yourself.

Ramadhan Office Timing in Oman

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