Ramadan starts this week
This week, Ramadan will be celebrated by our Muslim staff and students. About one in ten Birmingham students are Muslim. Although, observance may differ between individuals due to health or other personal circumstances.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and its start date is determined by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims believe it is the month when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the the final Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is a month of reflection and fasting (known as 'sawm') and Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds in Ramadan. The morning meal 'Suhoor' is the last meal before the sun rises and the day of fasting begins whilst 'Iftar' is the meal served when the fast ends at sunset. The end of Ramadan is marked by the important festival of Eid Al-Fitr.
How can I be supportive of my Muslim peers during Ramadan?
- It is important to recognise that fasting and reduction of sleeping hours can leave students feeling more tired than normal, especially towards the end of the day.
- Group revision and study sessions are great to help everyone feel motivated. But choosing the setting may be more important to think about during the month than usual. Rather than selecting Costa, Starbucks or somewhere else with a heavy food and drink atmosphere, why not try a different study area. To give you ideas, check out our video on study spaces.
- Remember there's no need to stop eating or drinking in front of Muslims students and staff but it's just important to be considerate.
- For greetings, you can say ‘Ramadan Mubarak' (meaning 'Happy Ramadan') or Ramadan Kareem - (meaning ‘have a generous Ramadan'). Your Muslim friends will appreciate the thoughtfulness!
You can get involved in Ramadan traditions whether you celebrate or not
The UoB Islamic Society are running their annual Ramadan Project where the society put on various events on campus from daily Iftars and Halaqat (discussion) circles, to Qur'an classes every week. Additionally, they will be hosting their much-anticipated and popular Community Iftar, at the Great Hall and Chancellor’s Court on Wednesday 19 April 2023 from 19:00-21:00 which catered to over 1,500 people last year! Find out more about Community Iftar.
The society aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Whether you're looking to deepen your knowledge of Islam, connect with like-minded individuals, or simply enjoy the company of others during the blessed month, absolutely everyone is welcome.
If you would like to find out more about Ramadan and access relevant policy documents, check out our full guidance page.