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Special rules for Dutch Muslim employees during Ramadan?

Published on : 20 July 2012 - 12:39pm | By Michel Hoebink ((C) ANP)
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Headaches, exhaustion and loss of concentration. Problems that nearly 80 percent of working Muslims in the Netherlands say they suffer from during the holy month of Ramadan. A Dutch trade union group is calling on employers to make special agreements with their Muslim employees for the holy month of fasting.  

Ramadan has begun, meaning observant Muslims will neither eat nor drink between sunrise and sunset. It’s not always an easy period for working Dutch Muslims. It can be a challenge to put in a long day at work without food or drink while it’s business as usual for your mostly non-Islamic colleagues who will be making the same demands of you.  

A survey carried out by the youth wing of the FNV trade union federation found that most Muslims would appreciate being able to make alternative working arrangements with their employers.  But virtually none of them bring up the issue because they’re worried about discrimination or even that they’ll be putting their jobs at risk. Chairperson Ijmert Muilwijk stresses that this is not about Muslims getting extra days off work, but about obliging employers to offer solutions such as flexible working hours, adjusted rosters or the chance to take holiday days.

The proposal has led to a heated debate on internet. Critics posting on the news site Powned say it’s up to Muslims to solve their own problems without causing problems for others. “Just cut salaries by half for the month.  Adjust the pay to fit the performance!”  is one comment. 



Olivian 18 December 2014 - 6:33pm / United Kingdom

I really felt relaxed to red this information, because I believe in secularism.
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Josh Scott 8 December 2014 - 11:17am

It matters a lot because students of these nationalities love to buy various academic papers online. A friend of mine, who is muslim, showed me a website ( that can easily write any of kind of essay, of course if you can afford it.

Jolly 14 November 2014 - 5:01pm / Ukraine

I would appreciate if the administrators would pay equal attention to the people following different religions, and mold the rules, if necessary.
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Ivann 28 October 2014 - 7:29am

I can understand how difficult it might be to resist hunger and suppress the urge for quenching thirst. Perhaps, it might be one of the prominent reasons for suffering from headache.

Anonymous 18 September 2014 - 8:51am

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Anta Kusuma 8 July 2013 - 8:20am / Indonesia. Now visiting the Netherlands.

Money/business is important. But tolerance is also important. And I do believe the last one can provide a better answer if we are getting a difficult situation. Lets working and living together in this beautiful earth. One day, a believer might need a help from non believer. The other day a non believer might also need a hand from a believer.

Kelvin 9 May 2013 - 12:20pm

Well, the holy month of Ramadan is the time for Muslims to obey the rules of fasting throughout the day and spend their maximum time in prayers. they must be treated with sympathy during this time. 

Anonymous 30 September 2012 - 1:50pm / Australia

Moslems are a liability.

gambar lucu 22 September 2012 - 6:31am

fore hopefully everyone can understand any religion and tolerance, mutual understanding of each other greetings of friendship 

Anonymous 26 July 2012 - 12:44pm / Australia

Maybe in their country thats fair enough but if they are going to live here then they need to adopt our way of life. We dont get days off and special work conditions because we choose to starve ourself and neither should they if they want a job in our country. I know muslim's certainly wouldnt change their rules and workplace conditions to suit us! Do a full days work at 100% capacity or give the job to someone who can!

Anonymous 22 July 2012 - 6:22pm / Turkey

Holland is one of the world's free(est) countries. No one is forcing anyone to live or work there. A choice of religion and the obligations that religion brings with it is also not imposed on anyone. What gives a minority the right to impose their religious beliefs or obligations, directly or indirectly, on the majority? It seems to me that any special treatment for Muslims during Ramadan in a non-Muslim country is ludicrous. As Holland (and all its workers) also enjoys one of the world's most liberal holiday / non-work arrangements, perhaps Ramadan should be the time when Muslims request their time off work.

Anonymous 22 July 2012 - 12:32pm / Australia

Muslims are hypocrites. If they want to celebrate or follow Ramadan, they should go back to their own country or follow the rules of the Land.. Grow up and let live else f... offf musiiss.. u r worse than the worst rotten s..t

Anonymous 18 June 2013 - 10:09am / Netherlands

Bigots and hypocrites exist in many that practice any religion. Follow the rules? Now who is being a hypocrite !! I guess the Aborigines in your country feel the same way about you.

Sheikh 21 July 2012 - 3:49pm / Canada

Muslims have been fasting in generations without any help of employers of anybody from outside. these people calling themselfs "Anonymous" and typing sycustic comments should read once more and understand the article. I believe muslims have a strong faith how hard the work will be on their fasting they have proven them selves as in Canada they fast 16 hours day work hard and still keep fasting. all muslims in Natherland keep the spirit.

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 12:22pm / india

we dont need any favour from anyone,we do fasting for our allah & he knows very well better than others about us =, and im very much sure n confident about this that our beloved allah will take care of our health & even he will give us more energy to work at our roles provided by any of our seniors at office.
i request you to plz dont comment about our fasting and dont underestimate our energy during fasting if someone does it im ready to accept his/hers challenge during fasting.

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 2:54pm

Millions of Muslims work very hard for their employers throughout the world and do not not ask for any special consideration from their employers. Allah expects you to give a full days work for a full days pay.

JMW 21 July 2012 - 12:22pm / USA

Let them work second or third shift if that is an option, but if I were in such a situation, I would expect the shift change to be permanent unless the other employee were single and just did not care when he or she worked.

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 4:32am / usa

it says right in the article that they, the muzzies, don't want to ask for special arrangements for "fear of losing their job"... that right there is proof that THEY know that it is a problem that hampers their performance at work. they are in the wrong and THEY KNOW IT!!!

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 4:26am

screw special arrangements... do the job efficiently and sufficiently or leave... their religion is their choice, not the employers choice.... they employer is there to run a business and make profit... not a picnic for fun and games. lets examine the level of practicality to their religion if it is so problematic for them..... <<< DUH >>>... address the real problem instead of making special arrangements.

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 2:08pm

Brother one may not be able to do the work efficiently despite doing anything but he may turn up the best performer later..All they may need is a little help. If we don't understand that it's not humane and we are not entitled to be called 'HUMAN'. Nobody is perfect.

J.R. 20 July 2012 - 3:12pm

If muslims experience problems at work during ramadan than that's their problem, they wanted to fast in the first place. Maybe they should stop fasting instead of asking for special treatment from their employers.

Truly 20 July 2012 - 7:22pm / USA

Good for the union for caring about their muslim employees during this Holy month of Ramadan. Bigotry loses this time.

Anonymous 21 July 2012 - 3:00pm

Those who expect employers to paid a full days wages for part time work are the bigots. Ramadan is for the Believers and not the non-Believers. Don't force innocent non-Believers into paying employees for their religious beliefs.

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