By Zainab Iqbal
Published: May 6th, 2019
Ramadan has arrived. It is the holiest month in Islam where Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. Yes, even water.
Ramadan will be taking place during the academic school year when students are in classes and are taking finals. For many students, the majority of their days will be spent on campus. Professors have to keep in mind that they might leave in the middle of class to pray or to break their fast.
The Islamic Center of New York University released a flier that lists ways professors can support their Muslim students. Some ways include extensions during times of late night prayers, reasonable allowances for accommodations of finals and exams given the struggle of a changed schedule and eating habits, efforts to minimize stress, permission to leave class to pray or break their fast, being mindful of evening programs conflicting with worship, and checking on students’ mental health and overall well-being.
For students who are stuck on campus during iftar (meal eaten after sunset), the Brooklyn College Islamic Society and Muslim Women’s Education Initiative (MWEI) is providing snacks for Muslims to break their fasts. The snacks, which include dates, water, juice, and yogurt, will be included in rooms 0238 Ingersoll (Islamic Society office) and 0439 Ingersoll (MWEI office).
“I believe it’s important for us to give iftar on campus as Ramadan happens to fall during the semester and it is nearing finals week,” Bilal Khan, the president of the Islamic Society said. “Students have been fasting all day and should have a place where they can collectively break fast with one another. Ramadan is all about the community coming together.”