In light of the past month of Ramadan, we interviewed Izfar, one of foodora‘s beloved delivery drivers, to get a deeper glimpse of what the holiday is all about.
Can you tell us a bit about Ramadan and its significance?
Ramadan is during the 9th and most important month in Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset every day. Its significance is due to several reasons, but the main one is that the revelation of the Quran was completed during this month. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. Muslims try to abstain from sins and do more charity work during this month as well. Overall, this month brings all Muslims closer to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
How do you usually celebrate Ramadan?
Ramadan has a completely different vibe than when it isn’t Ramadan. It encourages me to make more prayers, spread peace and love, and not to waste my time doing unnecessary things, but to help others by any means. Joining and doing charity, helping and feeding those in need is one of the most prominent act Muslims do in this month.
What is your favourite part about Ramadan?
Actually, there are so many things I like about Ramadan! Fasting makes you healthy physically, and especially mentally. You get internal satisfaction when you help or feed someone. However, I have to say that my favorite part is breaking fast. It is a tradition to make special food and treats for this particular occasion and It feels so good to finally eat something after 17 long and hot hours of fasting.
As a foodora courier, it must be tough to be around food all day while you’re fasting! Do you have any tips and tricks on getting through the month of fasting?
Of course it is tough to be around food, but for me, it gets easier when I allow myself to realize that there are hundreds of thousands of people around the world who face this situation, not for just a few days, but for months. Also, when I realize that I am doing this in obedience to God and I will be rewarded for this, it allows me to forget all the physical and mental pain and suffering.
Lastly, what do you say to people around you to celebrate the ending of the month of fasting?
Eid Mubarak everyone! – from foodora Canada.