Students are invited to join the Office of the University Chaplain and the Muslim Student Association this month for Ramadan programs every night will students are on campus. The program includes Iftar (meal at sunset) as well as Maghrib and Taraweeh prayers. For more information or questions, please email Amina Darwish, Muslim Student Life Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2019, Ramadan begins Sunday, May 5 at sunset and ends Tuesday, June 4 at sunset. Observation of the start and end dates may vary by one day depending on different schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. The majority of Muslims in America will be observing Ramadan this year on the aforementioned dates. Ramadan is on a lunar calendar and moves up 11 days each year.
Many practicing Muslims observe fasting and additional Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. Fasting is typically observed by abstaining from food and water from dawn to sunset and is considered mandatory by many Muslims throughout the month of Ramadan.Taraweeh prayers are about two hours every night during Ramadanand are generally considered to be highly recommended rather than mandatory.
- Students seeking religious accommodations for their observation of Ramadan should contact their professors as soon as possible.
- For questions about Ramadan or religious accommodations, please contact Columbia’s Muslim Life Coordinator Amina Darwish at email@example.com.
Muslim Life at Columbia is coordinating programming for both fasting and prayers throughout Ramadan.
Iftars, the evening meals during Ramadan, will be held in the Earl Hall auditorium while students are on campus. Specialized iftars include a Commencement iftaron Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm and an alumni iftar on Friday, May 31at 7 pm. For information about additional iftars at Columbia, please visit the Columbia Muslim Student Association Facebook page.
Columbia Dining is open at JJ’s Place for the pre-dawn meal. All students and Columbia affiliates are welcome in JJ’s Place.
Providing the Taraweeh prayers on campus gives students, staff and faculty the flexibility to attend as often as their schedules permit. Taraweeh prayers will be offered every night in Earl Hall starting Sunday, May 5 from 10 pm to 12 am.