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Supporting others during Ramadan

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Ramadan has begun and at the Union of Brunel Students we would like to bring awareness to this religious holiday experienced by many students on campus and elsewhere.


When is Ramadan?

Ramadan begun on the evening of Sunday, March 10, 2024 and will end on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The Islamic Calendar adheres to a lunar cycle, and although these dates represent the anticipated start and end of Ramadan, they may vary depending on moon sightings or the lack thereof. Muslims approach this differently: some strictly adhere to calculations, while others rely solely on moon sightings, and some combine both methods. The choice often reflects their religious beliefs, geographical context, and family traditions. Following the conclusion of Ramadan (on Wednesday, April 10, 2024), Muslims celebrate the religious holiday known as Eid-al-Fitr. 🌙


Why is Ramadan important to Muslim students?

It was in the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind. This month of fasting in Islam, fulfills the fourth pillar of faith. By abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, those practicing empathize with the less fortunate whilst also focusing on self control, discipline and sacrifice.


What happens during Ramadan?

Ramadan, a sacred month in Islam, involves daily fasting from dawn until sunset. During daylight hours, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking (including water), and other physical needs. The fast is broken at sunset with a meal called “iftar” in Arabic. Iftar is a communal event where family and friends gather to share blessings. After sunset, Muslims are permitted to eat and drink until the next dawn.

Throughout Ramadan, Muslims engage in additional nightly prayers and other religious practices. They often wake up before dawn for a pre-fasting meal known as “suhur”. This practice fosters spiritual reflection, self-discipline, and community connection during this holy month. 🕌


How to support others during Ramadan

It’s beneficial for groups such as clubs, societies and friends to engage in open conversations with those observing Ramadan. Discuss how Ramadan might impact participation and energy levels. When planning events, consider avoiding food-centric activities during the day and opt for low-energy alternatives. Providing a quiet space and allowing short breaks for prayer whenever feasible is essential. Remember that each student’s ability to observe the fast varies, and they will make choices accordingly.


Islamic Society (iSoc) supporting students

This society are doing a lot for student's over the period of ramadan, providing free Iftar, Taraweeh (every day) and Eid prayer & celebration, not only for Brunel students but also locals. They also provide services such as a prayer room for all 5 prayers, Jummah prayer, monthly talks, charity sales, sports events etc. You can contact them via their Instagram to find out more information here.

If you would like to support students fasting you can donate on the ISOC fundraising link here. 


Further support

To find out more information read the universities article on how you can support other students during Ramadan here.