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first job was spent doing Emergency
Medicine which meant shift work. No
more 9 to 5. The workload was also
even more unpredictable; one min-
ute you could have a few minor inju-
ries to be dealing with and the next
minute, you could have a multi-
vehicle road traffic accident with all
the casualties coming to the hospi-
tal. Most patients had to be seen, in-
vestigated and sorted out for dis-
charge or admission within 4 hours
of their arrival time. Though you are
allowed breaks when working in
Emergency, it's all about timing it
Working in emergency medicine
during Ramadan was great from one
point of view - It felt like everyone
else was fasting with you. What I
mean by that is that most people
who work in the emergency depart-
ment usually go without food, but
Ramadan is a challenge. I have now

come to think of it as "boot camp".
If I can go without food and drink
while trying to stay away from the
unlawful actions and thoughts and
still do my job, then I should be able
to do it better when I have food and
I look forward to Ramadan every
year now as it gives me an opportu-
nity to improve myself as a Muslim
and as a doctor, alhamdulillah. Al-
hamdulillah that Allah guided me
to in learning
my religion, I am noticing that my
stress levels are lower, I am able to
accept Allah's decree more easily
and just get on with what He has en-
trusted me with. I cannot wait until
this Ramadan so I can continue to
improve, with Allah's help.
I am moving back to Manchester,
England which does have a higher
population of Muslims in the city. In-
sha'allah that's where my next
Ramadan will be spent. I may not