This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
As reported elsewhere in this series, giving is an important part of the Muslim faith. One should always be expressive of how joyful it is to give, there should be a celebration involved with giving AND receiving charity. One should refer to the giver and the receiver as friends, neighbors, brethren and other such terms of closeness. The act of charity draws the giver and receiver together in a special sort of bond that cannot be duplicated in any other way. This is the type of connection that should be focused on.
Beyond words, if the receiver of funds is greeted with a warm smile and a kind word in conjunction with the giving it makes him or her much more at ease. Consider that for many people it is a blow to one’s pride to accept charity. Remove this aspect by giving charity in the spirit of sharing as one would with family or close friends.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.