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Ramadan: 13 September - 12 October

24 Sep 2007

Please be considerate of Muslim colleagues and students during this period

The Muslims' Holiest month of Ramadan started on 13 September and continues until 12 October 2007. This is the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar, and is venerated as the month in which the first Verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (may peace and the Blessings of Allah be upon him), from Almighty Allah (God).

Muslims are required to fast (abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations) every day during Ramadan from dawn until dusk. The spiritual aspects of the fast are enhanced by refraining from certain other activities and avoiding all obscene and irreligious sights and sounds.

Ramadan concludes on 12 October 2007 after which there are three days of festive celebration known as Eid. This is a joyous time beginning with a special congratulation prayer, and accompanied by new clothes, community celebrations, socializing with family and friends and partaking in festive meals.

Members of the University are asked to please be considerate and flexible during this Holy month. Muslim colleagues and students will be fasting so circumstances where they would have to watch others eat should, if possible, be avoided. Be aware that colleagues/students may not be available for evening meetings/events as they will be preparing to break their fast. They  may also want to devote more time to religious activities, especially to more regular performance of the five daily prayers (Salah). Line managers and tutors should be aware that Muslim staff and students may ask for some leave during the days of Eid so that they can fully enjoy the religious holidays.

At the beginning of Ramadan, it is appropriate to wish Muslims "Ramadan Mubarak" which means "Blessed Ramadan." On the days of Eid, after Ramadan is concluded,  it is customary to say "Eid Mubarak".

Below is a link to a multifaith calendar on the BBC website showing religious festivals and celebrations of 12 world faiths:

Patrick Johnson
Head of Equality and Diversity / 65857

Website: Equality and Diversity