Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is acknowledged by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting. We encourage everyone to take this time to explore the richness of Islamic traditions and emphasize the importance of diversity in a world where Islamophobia continues to be a reality.
The month of Ramadan offers the opportunity to improve one’s personal and spiritual behavior. By focusing on positive thoughts and actions, Muslims build a closer connection with God and come away from the month feeling spiritually renewed. Ramadan is a time to learn some key lessons, including:
- Becoming recharged in all areas of your life
- Feeling empathy for those who are less fortunate
- Strengthening a sense of community
- Reaffirming the belief that all humans are equal
(Summarized from page 16 of Ramadan: The Holy Month of Fasting by Ausma Zehanat Khan)
Looking for an activity to celebrate Ramadan while giving back to your community with your class? We’re offering a free worksheet from the Ramadan chapter of our new Orca Origins Teacher Guide to help students learn more about Ramadan and research the ways many Muslims use the holy month as an opportunity to contribute to their communities through volunteer work.
This Spirit of Ramadan activity prompts students to reflect on the importance of giving back and to research some charitable organizations run by Muslim people around the world.
Here are some helpful resources for students to use in their research: