Showing respect to my helpers faith

My new Muslim helper is religious. She goes to the mosque during her off and does her prayers five times a day. I have no concerns but is there anything that we need to take note of in order not to offend her? I would like to show respect to her faith and religion, and let her feel like she’s a part of our family

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Usually helpers that are religious will practice their faith in private and try to live according to their beliefs and restrictions without causing any inconvenience to their employers. I had a neighbour who was annoyed by her Indonesian maid for not wanting to eat during Ramadhan (fasting month). She said that her maid might not work as efficiently if she doesn't eat during the day. From what I observed, her maid went on her duties as per normal (marketing, picking up the kids). I found what my neighbour said really unfair and kindda ignorant.

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I would say there isnt anything specific as such but there might be small things like offering her pork by mistake or questioning her about her attire (if she wears hijab). I know an incident wherein a Muslim friend was offended when our common friend asked her why dont you guys know when exactly eid is celebrated ? (the common friend wasnt aware of the lunar calendar) Also, you might not want to ask her to decide exact timings for her prayers as they are based on sunrise/sunset, etc

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Other than offering pork accidentally, she could also be uncomfortable about the way we dress, especially when we are home? Sometimes the weather gets hot and we tend to wear a little shorter. But she probably has to deal with it as it's your home. Maybe just try not to discuss sensitive topics like religion or anything along that direction to prevent any form of offense whether actual or perceived.

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