A virtual event for students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to celebrate and learn about Ramadan, share tips and win some prizes!
Join us in celebrating the Islamic month of Ramadan – a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, devotion and worship.
Please access the webinar link using Google Chrome or Firefox browser, as other browsers do not support this platform.
The Global Lounge, in partnership with BME Success Programme welcomes all students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together and, for those who are not Muslim, learn about this important time in the Islamic calendar; and for those who are Muslim – to join the community and gain some tips and tricks from others on how they fast during these unprecedented times.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and much like Lunar New Year, Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon, meaning that the exact dates of Ramadan change every year. In 2020 in the UK, Ramadan will begin, depending on the New Moon sighting, on the evening of Thursday 23 April and will end on Saturday 23 May.
What can I expect from this event?
During the online webinar there will be guest speakers talking us through the importance of Ramadan and its cultural significance, plus tips will be shared from those of you who do fast and have some wisdom to impart to others about how to stay focused through the day without fuel!
The webinar will be introduced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Provost, Prof Judith Squires, and chaired by Global Lounge. Our Muslim speakers include:
Hussain Abass, President of Bristol Islamic Society: What is Ramadan and why is it significant for Muslims?
Nimra Naeem, BME Success Advocate: Experience of a Muslim student during Ramadan
Robiu Salisu, BAME Student Inclusion Officer:Launch of the inclusive guide for supporting Muslim students
Munira Hashmi, Muslim chaplain: Coping in Ramadan during the Covid-19 crisis
There will be opportunities to ask questions and contribute to the topics discussed by the speakers.
What is Ramadan?
For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islam. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark when Allah (or God) gave the first chapters of the Quran (Holy Book) to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims fast – there is no eating or drinking during the hours of daylight.
Could you fast for a day?
To better understand fellow students and staff who are fasting – why not try fasting for a day yourself? Join this event to find out more about our fasting for a day reward!
Every Muslim event attendee, and non-Muslims that try a fast will be given a Just Eat voucher , giving you the chance to enjoy a free iftar (break of fast) meal.