The University of Toledo’s Muslim Student Association is hosting numerous events to celebrate Ramadan, which is celebrated from Saturday, April 2, to Monday, May 2, and to teach others in the UToledo community about the holiday.
“Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast for a month from before sunrise until sunset, share meals with friends and relatives and the poor, give charity, recite the Holy Book and offer nightly prayers,” said Dr. Ovamir Anjum, UToledo Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies. “The month ends with a day of celebration, Eid al-Fitr, which falls on May 2 this year.”
MSA will be hosting weekly Jummah prayers, in collaboration with Alpha Lambda Mu Fraternity and Mu Delta Alpha Sorority, on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. in the International House Multipurpose Room.
Each night of Ramadan, MSA encourages students to visit local mosques in the Toledo community for Iftar dinner and attend lectures and Taraweeh prayers. Local mosques include the Toledo Muslim Community Center, Ahlul Bayt Center of Toledo, the Islamic Society of Northwest Ohio and the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
MSA also will be hosting its annual Iftar dinner event, in collaboration with Alpha Lambda Mu Fraternity and Mu Delta Alpha Sorority, on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Room 2582. Students interested in attending can RSVP via the event’s Invonet page.
“The importance of sharing Ramadan with others who are potentially not Muslim is to bring about an accurate and deeper understanding of Muslims, Islam and our practices,” said Aylia Naqvi, Muslim Students Association president. “I hope people can also try out fasting for themselves and experience the peace that many of us find during this month.”