Ibrahim and Seraj Share their Ramadan and Eid Experience
This May, our Muslim students and staff have been looking forward to celebrating Eid.
Some of our students have tried fasting for the first time and our staff have been sharing with us what Ramadan has been like for them and how they've been preparing for Eid.
Two of our Senior School students, Ibrahim and Seraj have written essay's telling us about their Ramadan and Eid experience.
This week, we are very proud to have their work published in our newsletter.
We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all of the school community celebrating!
Ramadan is a holy month in Islam. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk for 29 to 30 days and celebrate Eid at the end of the month. We fast to come closer to Allah (God) and to feel empathy for people that have less than us. My favourite part of Ramadan is when the family gather together to break the fast in the evening. I love the atmosphere during Ramadan and spending quality time with my family. We give charity to the poor and we try to do kind deeds. I help my family around the house when they are fasting.This Eid I will see my aunts, uncles and cousins. We will dress up in nice clothes, eat special food together and give presents.
What is my favourite thing about Ramadan and why?
During Ramadan I enjoy spending time with my family in the evening. I don't fast yet, but my
sister and I stay up to have dates at 'iftar' (which is when Muslims break their fast) and pray
'Moghreb' (the prayer at sunset) as a family. While my parents eat their first meal of the day,
we are allowed to watch a couple of Arabic comedy programs before bed.
Why is Ramadan important to me?
Ramadan is important to me because it reminds me that we should look after those in need
and makes me feel thankful for my family, our food and our house.
What have I done this year to show that I am giving to others?
I help my mum around the house by doing chores like unloading the dishwasher, keeping my
room tidy, helping with my little sister and I will give money from my allowance to charity at
the end of Ramadan.
How will my family and I be celebrating Eid this year?
We will start Eid by eating 'Ftira', a sort of flat bread cooked on the hob. I like it with honey!
Then we wear our new clothes and go and spend time with my grandparents and have lunch
at a restaurant (hopefully if it doesn't rain!). My favourite part is opening presents my parents
and family got for me. If we were in Libya we would be spending the day going to all of our
relatives houses and eating lots of treats and each adult family member would give each
child money as a present!