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Transcript of Ramadan Assembly
This year, Ramadan begins this week and finishes on Wednesday 7th August.
During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world fast
between the hours of sunrise to sunset. This means
no food or drink at all!
Why do Muslims do this...?
The importance of fasting
Muslims fast to remind themselves that spiritual nourishment is more important than any bodily concerns.
It takes a lot of self-discipline and effort to not eat or drink anything for such extended periods of time.
During this period, Muslims carry out extra acts of charity and visit the mosque to recite prayers from the Qur'an. It is a time to reflect on what is really important in life and how best to please God.
Mealtimes during Ramadan
The breakfast meal before sunrise is called Suhoor and the evening meal after sunset is called Iftar.
These meal times are very important and Muslims sit down to eat together as a family.
The only people who do not have to follow these mealtime patterns are those who are very young, elderly, sick or pregnant. Even so, many of Muslims who fall into one of the categories above still try and fast so that they feel closer to God during this holy period.
At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with friends and family members ad give thanks to God.
What can non-Muslims learn from Muslims during Ramadan?
What is the most challenging effort you make during the year?
How is this holy period of time different to the Christian traditions of Easter and Christmas?
When do we find a time for quiet reflection on how we live our lives?
How do you help those who are poor and needy?
There are many students here at school who are Muslim.
Try to be extra considerate of them during Ramadan.
Don't offer them food or drink at school!
Ask them about their experiences of Ramadan - it's important we learn about all of our different cultural traditions.
Listen to young people's experiences of Ramadan
Let's listen to what it's like to fast during Ramadan and look forward to Eid-ul-Fitr