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Ramadan Mubarak to all our staff and students!

Ramadan Mubarak to all our students and staff observing Ramadan this month!


From this Sunday evening, many of our students and staff will be observing the holy month of Ramadan. But what is Ramadan and how is it celebrated?

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims to mark the month that the Qur'an (the Muslim holy book) was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed.

When is it celebrated?

Ramadan is always the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar. Since the Islamic Calendar is based on lunar cycles, it changes every year. This year Ramadan begins at sundown on Sunday 10th March and lasts until sundown on Tuesday 9th April. Fasting begins with the sighting of the crescent moon, usually one night after the new moon.

How is Ramadan celebrated?

Ramadan is celebrated as one of the most important and sacred times throughout the year. It is believed to be the month in which the Holy Qur’an was sent down from heaven to show guidance and means of salvation. Fasting is a way for Muslims to show commitment to their faith and a reminder that other Muslims are sufferers of the poor.

Throughout the month, Muslims will fast during daylight hours meaning they will not eat or drink during the daytime. It is common to have just one meal before dawn (suhoor) and another just after sunset (iftar).

Ramadan is also a time for peace and reflection. Many Muslims will give up bad habits, gather together in prayer, and maybe even commit to reading the entire Qur’an.

When does Ramadan end?

After a month of fasting, the end of Ramadan is marked by the big festival Eid al-Fitr (the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast). Eid celebrates the end of fasting and the sighting of a new moon, whilst also giving thanks for the strength needed to persevere throughout the month.

During Eid, many mosques will hold special services where people dress up in their finest clothes, share food, exchange gifts, and many Muslims will donate to charity.

Ramadan Mubarak to all our students and staff observing Ramadan and happy fasting!