Ramadan

RUSU Ramadan campaign 2018-19
6th May – 3rd June 2019

Ramadan Mubarak / Ramadan Blessings / رمضان مبارك

Ramadan is a holy month observed by 1.8 Billion Muslims worldwide! We fast to get closer to our core values of peace. We eat before sunrise and break the fast at sunset for 30 days. We have big community meals and night prayers all month long.

Not even water?

Nope! 18 hours (UK) of a daily detox and spiritual cleanse, we break the fast with a community "iftar" meal at sunset at the Muslim Centre (building 37) and have night prayers all month long.

Health benefits to fasting

Experts have also found that restricting food intake during the day can help prevent health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease and obesity, as well as improve mental health and wellbeing.

How do I support my Muslim friends during Ramadan?

Firstly, of course smile and say hello! Wish them a blessed and peaceful month.

Here are some useful pieces on how you might be able to support Muslim colleagues during Ramadan, we hope you find them interesting and informative.

Tips for students/staff who are fasting

  • Lots of revision breaks and fresh air, stay active.
  • Utilise relaxation spaces such as the RUSU relaxation room (upstairs 3sixty), Harris Garden and/or the Muslim Centre (near the bus stop/URS building).
  • Have a filling meal in morning (for example maybe with dates, almonds, banana, oats!)
  • Stay hydrated in the evening/night.
  • Try to structure your sleep, revision, meals and spiritual/social time to work for you.
  • Stay positive and don’t isolate yourself: join the vibrant Muslim community at Archway Lodge on campus (@readingisoc for updates). Don’t be shy!
  • Speak to your Islamic Society, your Diversity Officer and your Welfare Officer for support if you would like to.

Joining us for food?

Come to the evening "iftar" meal at Archway Lodge (building 37) at sunset.

Please RSVP at least three days in advance at Eventbrite.co.uk

Exams coming up?

If you are concerned about how Ramadan will affect your exams, please contact the Advice Service at RUSU for confidential and independent advice and support. Email advice@rusu.co.uk or call 0118 378 4100.

For more information on Islam, Muslims, Ramadan, follow the Reading Islamic Society on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or email secretary@readingisoc.org.uk.

Read more about Ramadan on the NUS website.

This article was written by Sidiqqa Yusuf, Vice President of Reading Islamic Society, with support from Nozomi Tolworthy 雷希望, RUSU Diversity Officer 2018/19.

RUSU Diversity Officer 2019/20 Zeid Sharif

Diversity Officer
Zeid Sharif