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U of I Students Celebrating Ramadan May 15 to June 14

May 15, 2018

Ramadan 2018 begins the evening of Tuesday, May 15, and ends the evening of Thursday, June 14. Ramadan is the ninth month of the lunar calendar. This month is important to Muslims since it is the month in which the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed by Allah to Prophet Muhammad (570-632 C.E.). We now have a number of Muslim students at the University of Idaho, mainly from Middle Eastern countries. 

 Some things you should know about Ramadan:

  • During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. They do not eat or drink anything at all.

  • During Ramadan, Muslims wake very early to have a pre-dawn breakfast meal known as Suhoor.

  • After sunset, the fast is completed by taking the Iftar meal, which usually includes dates, fresh fruits, appetizers, beverages and then dinner.

  • During each day, prayers are said at certain times: dawn, sunrise, noon, afternoon, sunset and night.

  • After Ramadan ends, the month Shawwal begins. For the first three days of this month, family members gather together to celebrate Eid. Like Christmas, Eid is a time to celebrate the faith, to be charitable, to visit friends and family, and to exchange gifts. 

 

If you will be teaching a student who will be participating in the fasting of Ramadan, please be aware of possible impact on their studies:

  • They may be drowsy or inattentive in class.

  • They may try to negotiate extra time for assignments etc. The decision is, of course, yours whether or not you approve extra time.

  • Students are obviously required to attend classes. They should not be allowed to miss classes unless they have gained permission to do so, have obtained assignments and made exam arrangements as needed.

If you have any questions/comments, please contact Tammi Johnson in the International Programs Office at 208-885-8945 or tammir@uidaho.edu.


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