Thursday 02-06-2016 - 16:13
Muslims across the world will be observing Ramadan during June and July this year – the annual period of fasting, prayer and almsgiving that is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During the month of Ramadan Muslims who are able to refrain from food or drink of any sort during daylight hours. However, more than just this, Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection and strengthening our powers of self-control.
For those of us observing Ramadan on the first day of Students’ Unions 2016, we have produced a short guidance document detailing the provisions made for prayers and breaking our fast in the evening of 5 July.
The end of Ramadan sees the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, where Muslims offer charity, reflect on their development during the period of self-control and visit family and friends to wish them Eid Mubarak, or a blessed Eid. It is likely that Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Wednesday 6 July, the second day of Students’ Unions 2016. On the morning of 6 July I will be taking delegates that wish to celebrate Eid from the ACC Liverpool to a nearby mosque to pray Salat al-Eid, the special prayer that commemorates the holy day. If you wish to join us in observing morning prayers, but are unable to walk with us to the Mosque due to an access need, please contact NUS staff at the Information Point who will be able to assist with transport.
If Eid does not fall on Wednesday, fellow delegates can break our fasts in the Prayer space with dates and water at sunset and re-join the celebrations at the NUS Awards 2016.
I wish you all a blessed Ramadan!