Hyundai Turkey CEO join employees in fasting

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Hyundai Assan Turkey President and CEO Mong Hyun Yoon. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Hyundai Assan Turkey President and CEO Mong Hyun Yoon. YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

Every year, Muslims around the world observe Ramazan and abstain from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. Hyundai Turkey’s CEO Mong Hyun Yoon has made news by solidifying the meaning of Ramazan as he revealed in a company letter that he has decided to join his Muslim colleagues in fasting.

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Yoon stated his main reason for doing so is “to be one with the (Hyundai Assan Turkey) family in their thoughts” while also getting a better understanding of his employees. “I wanted to express my joy and I’m proud of you.

“The thing that has shocked me the most is that you fast without seeing fasting as a chore and you show the willingness to fulfill it as an obligation,” he further added.

According to the letter, this is not the first time Yoon has fasted. He observed fasts last year also. He also shared the lesson he has learnt from Ramazan. “From seeing my fasting colleagues I understood the Quranic subjects of the poor and the needy, especially with the experience of my own fasts. There are a lot of people around us who work on low incomes. These people do what they do because of us, they do the work we do not want to. With the blessings of Ramazan I hope we recognise these people and thank them and I hope it is a Ramazan where we learn to share with them.”

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He also announced that the company would be providing special cheques for groceries “to ensure we can aid you in your household shopping for iftar.” Workers are also provided with extra break areas and special menus for staff to open their fasts with.

The letter reads:

Dear HOAS Family:

We have started one of Islam’s 5 pillars, fasting in the month of Ramadhan. In the hijri calendar, Ramazan is the 9th month. I know it as the month Gabriel (AS) started bringing the verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

I heard in this month from sunrise to sunset, food and water including even cigarettes is forbidden. As of last year, to be one with the HAOS family in their thoughts and understand them, I decided to take fasting as a habit.

Although I didn’t feel much in the first few days, as days went by I started really looking forward to the time of the opening of the fasting.

Whilst I was in the office and seeing the difficulty of the fast (among staff), our assembly line was fasting without any water and as a foreigner this left me in awe. I wanted to express my joy and I’m proud of you. The thing that has shocked me the most is that you fast without seeing fasting as a chore and you show the willingness to fulfil it as an obligation.

From seeing my fasting colleagues I understood the Quranic subjects of the poor and the needy, especially with the experience of my own fasts. There are a lot of people around us who work on low incomes. These people do what they do because of us, they do the work we do not want to. With the blessings of Ramazan I hope we recognize these people and thank them and I hope it is a Ramazan where we learn to share with them. .

I am happy to announce that to make your work easier in this month of Ramazan we are taking certain steps. One of these steps is the cheques being distributed to ensure we can aid you in your household shopping for iftar.

Another step is distribution of selective cheques. On the assembly line to ensure the safety of the workers and their ease.

Special developments are taking place such as designated extra break areas and menus for fasting food .

I request you abide by the safety measures and the advice for those partaking in Ramazan.

I hope at the end of this holy month it is a festival in which all the family of HOAS celebrates with smiles.

May Ramazan bring blessings to your houses and goodness to your families.

Mong Hyun Yoon

This story originally appeared on Asia One

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