Blog: Ramadan reflections – observing Ramadan and celebrating Eid while working in orthopaedics

By: Irrum Afzal – South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, BOSTAA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead , Sarkhell Radha, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Croydon University Hospital and Syed S Ahmed,Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Over the last month, many colleagues at NOA member organisations, across the orthopaedic community and beyond have been observing Ramadan, whilst being at work. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and commemorates the revelation of the holy Quran, the holy book of Islam, to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). During this month, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.  However, fasting is not just abstaining from food and drinks, (and yes, not even water), it is also a time for spiritual reflection, increased prayers, acts of charity and increased acts of kindness.

For Muslim colleagues, observing Ramadan while at work, can sometimes present unique challenges. Observing Ramadan in the field of orthopaedics specifically requires careful planning and self-discipline. Many NOA member organisations have created an inclusive workplace and have demonstrated their commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion by respecting diverse religious practices, promoting cultural sensitivity, and prioritising well-being.

This year, the Royal College of Surgeons England hosted the inaugural Iftar event at the Royal College of Surgeons England Building. It was an honour to attend the evening which was filled with joy, fulfilment, and a series of meaningful talks. Initiatives like this help to educate, support, and have a positive impact on colleagues.

As the holy month draws to a close, it also presents to Muslims an opportunity to carry forward the lessons and habits of Ramadan into their daily lives. Eid Ul-Fitr, an auspicious occasion, marks the culmination of Ramadan but also serves as a reminder for Muslims of the importance of gratitude, compassion, and community.

May Eid bring peace, happiness, and blessings to all NOA members and the wider community celebrating.

Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones!

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Irrum Afzal

Irrum Afzal – South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, BOSTAA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

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Sarkhell Radha,

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Croydon University Hospital

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Syed S Ahmed,

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust