As a professional international businessman, we always meet our Muslim customers. Therefore, we need to know some business etiquette for Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.
During Ramadan, what should we pay attention to when we meet with Muslim customer? Here are some suggestions following:
1. Don't eat, drink and smoke in public: In most Muslim countries, it is considered impolite to eat, drink or smoke in public places during fasting, which is also applicable to public transport or private cars.
2. Elegant clothes: Ramadan is a holy month in which muslims must remain faithful, humble and gentle. In general, more transparent and too short clothing, low-cut boobs and tight clothing should be avoided, especially shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless tops.
3. Saying”Ramadan Kareem”: At the beginning of fast, saying "Ramadan Kareem" to others is a sign of blessing during Ramadan.Donate to charity and do good to show your generosity.
4. Schedule suitable business meeting: Business travelers visiting Muslim countries should be aware that office hours are shortened and adjusted accordingly.It's best to schedule a business meeting with moose in the morning because they're less tired and can concentrate better in the morning.It is also best not to schedule meetings at lunchtime to avoid overwork or other inconvenience.
Those are some business etiquette we should pay attention to during the Ramadan. At the end, let us wish Muslim friends a blessed Ramadan.