From Alexander Leffers
Dear campus community:
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month in Islamic culture, began on April 2 and will end on May 2. This month-long religious observance recognizes the signifance of the Prophet, Muhammad, receiving the Quran, the Holy Book of Islam. Observing Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. This is a very important time of year for members of the worldwide Muslim community, called the ummah.
Ramadan is traditionally observed by fasting (refraining from eating or drinking) while the sun is up. Observant Muslims eat an early morning meal, called Suhoor, before the sun rises, and a large meal, called Iftar, when the sun sets each day during the month. They will also often pray, read the Quran, reflect, and perform acts of generosity, charity, and kindness. A traditional greeting during Ramadan is “Ramadan Mubarak,” which means “Have a blessed Ramadan.”
Within the Gallaudet community, we have individuals who observe the holiday by fasting and praying throughout the day. Please be mindful and respectful of our Muslim students, faculty, and staff during this time. Muslim students in particular may approach their teachers for accommodations to their class schedules, assignments, and tests. Bon Appetit, the university’s food service provider, has communicated with Muslim students about arrangements for morning and evening meals.
On May 2, Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, a celebration with loved ones, with feasts. We wish our Muslim community members a blessed Ramadan.
Elizabeth A. Moore, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer