It is the holy month of Ramadan and Muslims around the world who are old enough and well enough are fasting from sunrise till sunset, including staff and students at Solihull Sixth Form College.
Staff in the Student Development Office have provided this insight into the holy month, to raise greater cultural awareness. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement and heightened devotion. Muslims fast as they believe that this was the month that the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Mohammed.
Fasting allows Muslims to think of the less fortunate and to be more thankful of the things we have and how lucky we are compared to others around the world. Fasting involves waking at around 3.00am to eat a small meal (called Suhoor) to keep those fasting sustained for their day of fasting. After 4.00am those taking part can no longer eat or drink water. The fast will then open at 8.00pm (called Iftar), when people can eat and drink. The cycle continues, although the timing does change a little each day.
The current Coronavirus situation makes fasting more challenging than usual and with mosques not open for prayers, the usual habits during this time are having to be adapted. Those wanting to find out more information about Ramadan and how it will be different due to Corvid-19 can visit the BBC Newsround website.
30 April 2020