Posted on 04/12/2021

For all those observing, we wish OCDSB families a blessed Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims all over the world. Ramadan ends when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking the new lunar month start. Eid-al-Fitr, on May 13, 2021, is the Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

During this time, fasting is obligatory for all able Muslims who have reached adolescence if they are able. However, the month of Ramadan is more than just fasting from sunrise to sunset. Muslims are also required to abstain from worldly activities, focusing more on worship through prayer, reading the Qur’an, charity work, family gatherings, as well as restraining oneself from using foul language, gossiping, suspicion and/or anything that entices negativity towards others or to oneself. This is a month of cleansing one’s soul and purifying oneself.

We know Ramadan this year falls within the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time where families typically come together to celebrate, it may be hard to be away from family and friends. Some students will wake very early to pray and eat before sunrise and will be tired from fasting, in addition to dealing with the challenges of the current situation.

While students are encouraged to continue their school activities during this time, teachers will be flexible and accommodate the needs of those participating in Ramadan.

We also wish to use this special time as an opportunity for all students to learn about this occasion and expand their understanding of Islamic culture.

Below are some of the learning resources shared with educators to learn more about Ramadan and Eid.

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