Wednesday 31 March 2021
This year's Ramadan will be slightly different for our colleagues, staff and students who celebrate the Islamic festival.
Here is a message from Hallam's Muslim faith advisor Nuzrath Mowlana to all our Muslim brothers and sisters:
Access to Food
If you are having any issues getting food please do get in contact with Nuzrath via Twitter. This applies to all students and staff, Nuzrath is involved with the Food Bank operating from the Muslim Welfare House in Sheffield.
Spiritual support, guidance and fellowship
The Muslim Welfare House in Sheffield is active on Facebook, there are regular talks, spaces to connect and pray together. Our Islamic Society also remains active and continues to meet regularly on Tuesdays at 6.
Looking for places to volunteer or donate to?
Ramadan is a time of giving, if you are stuck for ideas you could support the Food Bank at the Forum and Collective or find inspiration from the Student Union volunteering team.
Foodhall is Sheffield's multi-award winning community kitchen and public dining space. During the Covid-19 pandemic their emergency food parcel response has fed over 13,000 people in the city and volunteers have given over 7,000 hours of their time. We would like to help them raise some funds to support their valuable work. You can donate here.
Tips for non-Muslims for the holy month of Ramadan
Ramadan this year is 12 April – 12 May. During this time your Muslim colleagues, students, peers, friends and family will be abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. Be conscious that energy levels may dip towards the end of the day, be gentle, kind and patient. This is considered a particularly blessed and holy month when Muslims are reminded of the grace and blessing received from God every day. It is a time to dedicate to pray, Scripture reading and serving. If you are interested in what Ramadan means for Muslims take this time to ask your Muslim friend and perhaps in this month let yourself take their example to reflect on the good things in your life.
Our current Islamic Society President Siddiq Badat also has a message to his fellow students during this time:
Wishing all our Muslim staff, students and friends a very blessed Ramadan.
From Helena and the Chaplaincy team.