Delicious and halal meal packages for students

Posted by cc576 at Dec 30, 2020 11:00 PM |
The initiative aims to provide meals for Iftar during Ramadan

Tuesday 13 April saw the month of Ramadan begin for Muslims worldwide - a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration.

One element that many people will understand to be an essential component of Ramadan is fasting. The University of Leicester, The Students’ Union and The University of Leicester’s Islamic Society have therefore partnered up to run an initiative to provide free meals to Muslims celebrating Ramadan, to help these students to break their fast – also known as Iftar.

Fasting is typically carried out per day during the month of Ramadan. It is a compulsory act of worship for all Muslims, from morning until evening, and only those who are considered to be in good health should fast. Exemptions made for those who are:

  • Sick or ill and whose health will be affected by fasting.
  • Children - although some may begin to practice fasting from a young age.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Menstruating women
  • Travellers

The President of the University of Leicester’s Islamic Society, Hamzah Nurgat, highlighted why this initiative was important to implement: ‘Students are fasting and do not have the time or the energy to cook etc. as they have to focus on studying, their prayers and acts of worship. Additionally, Ramadan tends falls into exam season, which means that the pressure on students is at its peak’.

Hamzah also highlighted that after many hours of fasting, meals that take a long time to prepare can be quite impractical for students. ‘It is essential that students have proper meals every day to ensure they are properly and completely nourished. This allows them to be energised for the next day’.

We asked Hamzah to tell us a little more about the relationship between Ramadan and fasting: ‘The month of Ramadan and fasting also helps Muslims understand the hardships of those less fortunate who go hungry/thirsty regularly’.

The holy month of Ramadan offers time for Muslims to learn about the importance of patience. It encourages Muslims to build stronger faith, stronger spiritual connections and encourages other acts of worship such as prayer and reading the Qur'an. It also urges the giving of charity and helping others who are in need - by increasing the amount of benefit and reward earned for such acts.

Hamzah added: 'Ramadan is an important and wonderful time for all Muslims, and I would like to wish all Muslim Students, Ramadan Mubarak. I hope that you will remember us at ULISOC in your prayers and continue to support our efforts.’

Regarding the collaborative efforts to ensure the success of this initiative, Hamzah continued: ‘I would also like to thank all the staff and volunteers, who have helped make this project come to life. You truly are making a difference.'

If you are celebrating Ramadan and would like more information on meal packages, please email su-islamic@le.ac.uk.

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