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Ramadan Kareem

About Ramadan

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, will begin on Saturday April 2nd and continue until Sunday, May 1stthis year. Ramadan is a time for introspection, devotion, and service, as well as time for communal worship and cooperation. The significance of Ramadan is highlighted in the Qur’an in Chapter 2, Verse 183: “Oh you who believe, fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those who came before you, so that you can become conscious of God.” Those observing Ramadan abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset each day. After sunset, the fast is traditionally broken with dates and a drink, after which the evening prayer is performed. In the late evening, Muslims often gather for congregational night prayers at the mosque or in homes, sometimes offering prayers deep into the night. The pre-dawn meal is then eaten before starting a new fast the following day. The end of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr, which will take place on May 2, 2022. Sometimes there is variation in the exact start and end dates of Ramadan, depending on how Muslims interpret the lunar calendar each year.

Suhoor (Pre-Dawn Meal) Options

For students on the meal plan, Tufts dining halls will be providing to-go containers for students to take an extra hot meal home at dinner time (for an extra card swipe) or the option to choose a pre-packed Suhoor box which can be ordered via the Transact Mobile app. You can register to view the Suhoor box menu here. Once registered, you will see the option for Suhoor boxes on the app. Dining services requests that you put in your order by 1pm each day so that they have enough time to prepare the boxes for pickup that evening during dinner hours. If you would like to mix and match from the hot food and the Suhoor box options, that is allowed as well.

For students who are not on the meal plan and would like assistance sourcing foods for suhoor, the Muslim chaplain is organizing a Ramadan Food Pantry at the Interfaith Center. To request an item for the pantry, enter it here. Items can be picked up during IFC Hours only (see link for details).

Iftars on Campus

Iftar, the break-fast meal, is a much anticipated meal for those who fast. This year, we will have iftar as a community at the Interfaith Center, located at 58 Winthrop Street, on the following dates:

  • Sunday 4/3
  • Thursday 4/7
  • Tuesday 4/12
  • Saturday 4/16 
  • Thursday 4/21
  • Saturday 4/23
  • Monday 4/25 
  • Thursday 4/28

Please RSVP if you would like to attend an iftar.

Tarawih Prayers

Muslims often gather for nightly prayers in the evenings during Ramadan. We will have nightly Ishaa and Tarawih prayers commencing at 8:30pm at Curtis Musallah, located at 474 Boston Avenue in Curtis Hall.

Academic Accommodations

Students who wish to request academic accommodations while observing Ramadan may do so by working with the Tufts' Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). The Tufts Religious Accommodations policy specifies what an accommodation is. Accommodations related to the observance of Ramadan are included in this policy, though all requests must be approved. Students should email Nadra Sultan at oeo@tufts.edu, with the option of cc-ing their professors. Here is a sample of an accommodations request. Once OEO receives a request from a student, they will connect with the faculty member for an interactive discussion.  They will assess the reasonableness of the request and the available accommodations that the faculty member can provide.  OEO then issues a determination, notice of which is provided to the student. If you have any questions or concerns about your academic performance during Ramadan, please reach out to Muslim Chaplain Najiba Akbar (najiba.akbar@tufts.edu) or Nadra Sultan (oeo@tufts.edu).

Suhoor Boxes sign up

Iftar Schedule