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Ramadan 2021

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What is Ramadan?

This year our Muslim identifying students and community members will be observing the Holy month of Ramadan from April 12 - May 14.

Every day for the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from worldly pleasures, including eating and drinking, from dawn until sunset. This is a time marked by worship, spiritual reflection, charity, and community. During the holy month, Muslims wake up early to eat a pre-dawn meal called ‘Suhoor’, and they break their fast with a sundown meal referred to as ‘Iftar’. Special prayers called ‘Taraweeh’ are conducted after every evening’s last daily prayer (Isha) during the month. The Eid al-Fitr (May 12 or May 13, depending on the lunar sighting) celebration marks the end of the month when Muslims celebrate a successful Ramadan of fasting and worship.

Observing Ramadan 2021 at Knox

We remain committed to supporting our Muslim community at Knox during this time. Keeping in mind the pandemic and following the COVID safety regulations and protocols, the Spiritual Life Office, in collaboration with Dining Services and Islamic Club have made the following services available to Muslims at Knox this year:

  • Pre-packaged Iftar and Suhoor meals by Dining Services. Students can pre-order their meals through the GET app (see attached).
  • Availability of Lincoln Room (for Iftar) and Wilson House (for Suhoor) to access and eat their meals in a socially distanced gathering.
  • Availability of HOPE Center prayer room for daily prayers.
  • Travel to Peoria mosque for select Friday prayers, Taraweeh nights, and the Eid prayer.
  • A socially-distanced community Eid dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan.

Supporting Your Peers for Ramadan

We encourage our Knox students to be mindful of their Muslim peers' needs during Ramadan. Below are some things to be mindful of:

  • Understand that your Muslim friends may be staying up late to pray Taraweeh every day (especially on Fridays and during the last 10 days of Ramadan) and would wake up early to eat; this means they will have to adjust to a new sleeping schedule.
  • Muslim identifying students may choose to reduce the hours they delegate to student organizations or social events in lieu of spending their time in prayer and worship.
  • Reach out to your Muslim friends and have conversations about how to best support them during the month of Ramadan and understand the challenges they face during this time. 
  • Understand that while Ramadan is a spiritual time for all Muslims, not all Muslim identifying individuals observe Ramadan or practice their faith in a similar manner.
  • Students seeking academic support for their observation of Ramadan should contact Associate Dean Tim Foster as soon as possible to communicate their needs for classwork during Ramadan. More information provided below.

Resources for Ramadan

Below is a list of resources provided in this email, that you can access and use for information and facilitation during the time of Ramadan:

Thank you, as always, for caring about the well-being of all of our students, and especially the well-being of our Muslim students during this beautiful month of Ramadan. We would like to wish our Muslim community a very blessed Ramadan.

If you have any questions about observance of Ramadan on campus this year, please feel free to reach out to Tianna Cervantez, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Ramadan Mubarak.

Knox College

Printed on Thursday, October 21, 2021