Areas of Workplace Sensitivity for Muslims

Posted on April 18, 2011


Telegraph Herald On line

Although Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the U.S., it and its adherents often are misunderstood by the majority culture, said a Muslim woman working to dispel misconceptions about her adopted faith.

Lisa Zaynab Killinger, vice president of the Iowa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, spoke to Loras College faculty and staff on “Muslims in the Workplace.” […]

Areas of workplace sensitivity for Muslims:

* Muslims pray five times daily (for between five and 10 minutes each session).

* They fast (sunrise to sundown) each day of the month of Ramadan.

* Adherent Muslims don’t eat pork or its byproducts or drink alcohol.

* If a Quran is brought to the workplace, nothing must be placed on it, and it must be kept, covered, in an elevated place.

* Muslims are discouraged from mixed-gender socializing and from eye contact with a person in authority.

* Modest dress is required, and Muslim women are encouraged to wear headscarves or hijabs. [more]

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