Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Observing Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan

Sunday, March 10 – April 9, 2024

Ramadan is one of the Muslim community's holiest months of the year. It's a period of spiritual renewal focused on devotion and celebrating the revelation of the Qur'an. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours to cultivate self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. It sets the spiritual tone for the rest of the year for many Muslims.

The Islamic calendar follows a lunar cycle, which means that the dates of Ramadan can differ from place to place based on moon sightings or lack thereof. Some Muslims follow calculations, others follow moon sightings, and some follow a combination of both.

During Ramadan, Muslims read the Qur'an and perform special prayers. Those unable to fast, such as pregnant or nursing women, the sick, older people, and children, are exempt from fasting.

Eid al-Fitr

April 10, 2024

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated by Muslim communities worldwide.

Practices During Ramadan

Fasting

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink, including water, while the sun is out. Once the sun has set, Muslims eat a meal known as iftar. Generally, iftar is a community-based meal where family and friends come together for the blessed occasion. Muslims are allowed to eat and drink during the night until dawn the next day.

Prayers

During Ramadan, Muslim community members engage in extra nightly prayers, participate in other religious practices, and often wake up early or stay up for a pre-dawn meal known as suhur.

Before prayer, students and employees may use the bathroom sinks and the wudu feet baths to wash their face, arms, and feet as a rite of ablution. We encourage all members of the community to be respectful of this practice.

Prayer Spaces on Campus

Boston

  • Fennell Building, Room FNEL B04
  • Griffin basement (Reflection Room)
  • Outside White Hall 300 (Interfaith/Meditation Room)

Worcester

  • 19 Foster (DBEN) 024
  • LINCA 414

Manchester

  • Hub 141

Accommodations

While our Muslim students, faculty, and staff are expected to meet their daily educational and working responsibilities, some accommodations may be needed while observing and participating in the various aspects of Ramadan. Our Muslim community members who need accommodations are encouraged to converse with their faculty and supervisors before Ramadan begins.

Accommodations may include moving the time of an exam or allowing more time to schedule around suhur, iftar, prayer, etc. Some students prefer to take an exam earlier in the day when they feel more energized, while others would rather take it at night.

Students may also request accommodations for Eid-al-Fitr. On that day, students may be excused from their regular schedules, including taking any exams and attending class.

Students and Employees are responsible for requesting accommodations. For more information, please see Requests for Religious Accommodations.

We encourage all our community members to support students' and colleagues' needs during Ramadan. Your support will allow them to fulfill their academic or job responsibilities while spiritually engaging in the month's rituals.