We wish all students and staff a blessed and happy Ramadan
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. This holy month is a commemoration of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and the annual observance of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is a month of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship.
During Ramadan, Muslims will fast from before the first light of dawn to sunset, having a predawn meal called Suhur and breaking the fast at dusk in a meal called Iftar.
As a University community, we wish to support all our staff and students during Ramadan. Our Student EDI Team have produced a comprehensive Ramadan information page, and staff may also find our guidelines on religion and belief in the workplace a helpful resource. Furthermore, the Islamic Society will be providing a free daily iftar in the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and our building officers colleagues are working to provide extra praying facilities on campus during Ramadan.
And finally, for those who are looking for a more festive celebration, the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and the Islamic Society are holding during this Ramadan their annual University Community Iftar at the Great Hall and Chancellor’s Court on Wednesday 19 April 2023, from 19:00 – 21:00.
Prior to the Iftar, there will be an exhibition around Islam and its rich history, which will include original objects, works of art and reproductions, including a facsimile of the Birmingham Quran manuscript. In addition, we will be providing an arts and craft table. The Miah foundation will be delivering the exhibition and craft activity. The same activity will be delivered to the V&A Ramadan Pavilion, which will take place in the Great Hall and will be open to the public, from 16:00. Our last Community Iftar was the biggest iftar in Birmingham with over 1,500 in attendance.
We wish all staff and students a blessed and happy Ramadan.