Facts About Observation of Ramadan to Support Our Muslim Students/Staff
Thursday, March 23 and continues through Friday, April 21
In support of our diverse community, we are sharing some facts about the Ramadan season that may be helpful in supporting our families that take part in this yearly observation. The period officially began Thursday, March 23 and continues through Friday, April 21, 2023.
- Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Calendar and a time of the year that is most anticipated by Muslim families around the world.
- The month will conclude with one of two Islamic festivals called Eid (Eid is a celebration that Muslims observe immediately after Ramadan).
- Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast from daybreak to sundown (as of now 4:50am – 7:30pm).
- Muslims who are fasting (including some of our students) will wake up before dawn (4:00am) to have a meal called Suhoor. They then do not eat or drink (even water) until sunset upon which they break their fast with a meal called Iftar.
- From late evening to late at night, many Muslims engage in additional worship and wake up very early for the pre-dawn meal. Students may be more tired, have less energy, or be less focused due to this physically demanding routine.
- As teachers and administrators, the best way to offer support to fasting students is to share words of encouragement and appreciation, for example “Wow, I’m really impressed” is usually better than “Oh poor thing, you must be so hungry” or “that is not good for your health.”
- Please know that while fasting during the month of Ramadan is a physically demanding task, it is also a very celebrated event among all Muslims as families gather everynight to open their fast and pray together. Muslims regardless of age (adults or children) look forward to this month and start preparation months in advance. So while they may be struggling during the day, they are feeling positive and do not want this to be viewed as a negative or forced ritual.
- Ramadan is also a month when Muslims donate and give back to the community. Students may be engaged in volunteer activities and busy after school and weekends during this month.
- Fasting during Ramadan is not about just staying hungry and thirsty, it’s meant to be a complete spiritual cleanse.
* A little fun fact: You can greet your Muslim colleagues and students by saying “Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan),” to make your Muslim colleagues, students, and families feel valued, supported and comfortable to share their experience!