Muslim students at Oxford University join millions world-wide marking the holy month of Ramadan.

RAMADAN-WALLPAPERS-5__1600x1000Millions of Muslims all over the world are marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – a month of fasting and reflection. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations; in some interpretations Muslims also refrain from other behavior which could be perceived as sinful such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, listening to music and procrastination. Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.

Many Muslim students in Oxford are also observing the holy month. Although undergraduate students are away on their summer holidays a number of post graduate students remain in Oxford for the summer months. The Oxford University Islamic Society is holding everyday a special “iftar” where students and other members of the community gather to break the fast together. It takes place every evening at the Prayer Room in the Robert Hooke building, next to the Natural History Museum in the University Science Area and all are welcome.

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