Working As A Muslim In The Modern World
There are two things that we cannot avoid in our lives: faith and earning an income. While one may prove to be a blessing more than anything else, it does erect challenges for many when combined with the latter, especially if you're at work or working on behalf of someone religious within your company's environment, which can result in feeling less spiritual due to either shyness about revealing yourself as Muslim. While also making sure not too much attention falls onto what religion they belong to specifically because some might take offense from this kind of discrimination against certain religions even though its opposite would seem like something universal enough, then there certainly exist those people out their looking down upon anyone holding such beliefs.
Prayer at work can be challenging for many of us. Prayer becomes even more challenging when you're surrounded by the opposite sex all day long, and some find it hard to pray. In contrast, others are hindered from having any spiritual connection with their faith due to them constantly around members outside that would tempt one away from sincere intentions/s (intentions).
Sincere religious beliefs will turn mundane tasks into acts of worship, so take care of what kind of worship voice comes out during this time.
How Muslims Pray:
Muslims pray five times a day. Muslims pray before every important journey and at night before they go to sleep. Muslims pray by facing the direction of Mecca and kneeling on a mat, carpet, or any clean surface with the head towards Mecca and their feet pointing towards the Qiblah. Muslims wash their hands, mouth, nose, arms, face, neck, and feet before praying.
Muslims use both their hands to make sure that each hand touches each shoulder and cheek. They then read the "Takbir" (Allah is Greatest) out loud with conviction three times. They then place the left foot flat on the ground and raise their heads to look at the ceiling. They hold that position for a few seconds, then down their right knee, saying "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great). Then they stand up, placing the hands together with the palms touching. Each hand covers part of each arm, making sure that no part of the arm is exposed.
How do I Pray at Work as a Muslim:
Arguably the most difficult part of praying at work for a Muslim is deciding when and where to pray. The workplace can be an awkward place to perform this important ritual. However, there are certain steps that you can take to make it easier on yourself, and that will enable you to get your prayer done without offending anyone. All you need is a little knowledge and the courage to practice being more comfortable in your faith with coworkers.
First, before prayer, just take time to relax either in your car or in your car's parking lot. This will give you some space before entering the office, which might be needed when facing tension from coworkers after prayer.
Second, it is best not to pray in places where people walk by or congregate. If you are in a workplace where employees are not allowed to pray, stop praying. You are making everyone uncomfortable by praying too much, and it is unfair to your employer for you to misuse the company's property.
Third, if you have an approved prayer space, make use of it. Some people even find that there is enough room in their cubicles to pray. If you are required to be on view, turn your back so people can't see what you are doing, or simply close the door of your cubicle; either way, it is acceptable. Just make sure that no one else can watch you pray.
Fourth, if there are prayer times started by your employer, make use of them. If you are allowed to pray during work hours, make sure that you just don't take too long doing it. Just do what is right by your religion and be mindful of your job, with the golden rule being just don't push it using prayer as an excuse.
Fifth, for those who are not allowed to pray, either temporarily or permanently, you may be able to find time during lunch or at other times when not many people are around. If you are allowed to take your meals outside of your building, make it a habit of praying before food. It might even help you get along better with the other employees.
Sixth, if these steps don't work, or if you can't use them, try asking your supervisor permission to pray at certain times. It may be an uncomfortable conversation for you and your boss, but it is worth at least trying. Even if they say no, be persistent and ask again later on. Just don't let yourself get fired over practicing your faith!
Seventh, if you can find a comfortable moment, then pray. All that is required for prayer is facing toward Mecca and doing so in the name of Allah. However, it might be easier on others around you if you face away from where they are walking or congregating. You can also do it quietly without disturbing anyone if that makes things easier.
Eighth, be mindful of your company's policies and the needs of your fellow employees. Praying is a part of being Muslim, but there is some flexibility needed here to make things work for you and those around you. Just do what you can to make prayer during work possible without overstepping boundaries or offending others with your actions.
When you are praying at work, it is best to consider the people around you and the needs of your employer. However, don't forget about yourself or your faith if prayer makes up a part of that faith with that in mind. If you can come up with a solution that works for both you and your company with time and patience, you might find yourself feeling better about the job you do.
What are the Benefits of Prayer at Work for Muslims:
When you pray at work, the benefits that you will receive are many. You will be better able to handle your stress during the day. You will also find that your concentration will increase. When prayer is done right, it can help decrease physical and mental fatigue. Prayer will also allow you to feel more peaceful and satisfied with everything in life. Finally, prayer can also help build a connection with God for those who do not believe or have lost faith in the religion.
Prayer at work will help your employer as well. You will be more focused and concentrated on what you are doing if you can stop and pray during the day. Prayer also shows respect to your coworkers, supervisors, and company as a whole by showing them that your faith is an integral part of who you are. Prayer at work lets others know that you are faithful, and it gives people an idea of what your religion is about.
How to Maintain a Sense of Spirituality at Work:
It is important to practice one's beliefs, but it is also important to have a sense of spirituality at work. One needs to have a balance in their day-to-day life. In order for this balance to happen, one must get enough sleep and put in enough effort during prayer times. It is important for working Muslims to remember their prayers and complete them before starting work. For example, if it is 1:50 pm, one should pray 1 Rakat before starting work at 2:00 pm. The prayer can either be a light or a heavy prayer. If one has a light prayer, they can pray 2 rakats after work from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. If one has a solemn blessing, they can pray 11 rakats before starting work at 2:00 pm. If one can complete this amount of prayers per day, they will have a clean heart for their job and be able to maintain spirituality throughout their work hours.