8 July 2013
SOAS students will provide a ‘Ramadan Tent’ on campus to mark the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan.
Ramadan, or Sawm, is one of the five pillars of Islam, which requires practising Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. It is the month The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad through angel Gabriel.
During this month, it is said, the gates of mercy are opened and the gates of hell are sealed, and rewards for good deeds performed in this month are multiplied, sins forgiven and supplications responded to and answered.
‘Ramadan Tent’, a student-led project by both Muslim and non-Muslim students, and volunteers, invites the general public, students and staff to share the breaking of the fast, known as iftar, each day.
The purpose of the project is to give people a better understanding of the spirit and essence of Ramadan and create greater cross-community cohesion and understanding.
Project Manager and MA International Studies and Diplomacy graduate Omar Salha said: “SOAS celebrates diversity and cultures from around the globe and for that reason it makes sense to host ‘Ramadan Tent’ here and cultivate a healthy, nurturing relationship with the community.
“This campaign is aimed at bringing the true spirit of Ramadan to life for all: the spirit of community, unity, compassion and mercy.”
The campaign has received much credit and coverage from various donors, charities, media and non-governmental organisations.
With the support of the SOAS Students Union, Alumni Department, SOAS Islamic Society, SOAS Library and Information Services Directorate, Muslim World League London Office and The Islamic Cultural Centre, the organisers have also been in touch with homeless shelters in Central London who they hope to invite during the holy month.
Follow ‘Ramadan Tent’ on Twitter: @RamadanTent, #SOASIftar, #SOASRamadan or facebook.com/SOASiftar.