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About the Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which observing Muslims fast from all food and drink from dawn to sunset for a lunar month. Fasting is regarded as an essential spiritual practice for body, mind, and, soul that is valued across Muslim communities. The observance of fasting during the month of Ramadan is noted in the Qur'an and has come to represent the values of reflection, unity, celebration, and personal as well as communal growth. This year, the sacred month of Ramadan is expected to be observed from sundown April 12 through May 11, 2021. (These days could potentially shift one day based on the sighting of the moon.)

Academic Accommodation for Religious Observance

Generally, students are asked to notify their faculty members if they will need academic accommodation for religious observance, and faculty are asked to develop reasonable accommodations for students to observe. If support is needed, students and faculty may contact their academic deans or the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL). OSRL encourages the Emory community to be aware of students, faculty, staff, and other community members who will be observing Ramadan. In Spring 2021, Ramadan will overlap with classes and final exams, as well as other university meetings and events.

Iftar Prayers and Dinners

The Emory community plans to celebrate Ramadan by hosting nightly sunset prayers and iftar dinners for students on campus within campus guidelines for indoor gatherings set forth by the University and with proper social distancing guidelines due to the COVID-19 situation.

The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Emory Dining are pleased to provide to-go Suhoor (for the following morning) and Iftar meals for students who will be living on Campus and observing Ramadan. Suhoor and Iftar meal can be picked up in the SAAC and DCT (first years) at a time that will be announced by April 1, 2021.

To reserve your meals, please complete the following form by April 1, 2021: Reserve your meals here

Muslim Call to Prayer from Cox Hall

During the month of Ramadan, the Muslim call to prayer (adhan) will be played from the Cox Hall carillon on Fridays after the 1:45 p.m. chimes. It has been a tradition for several decades at Emory during the Muslim sacred month of Ramadan to play the call to prayer on Fridays, which is the Muslim day for communal midday prayer (Jumu'ah). The call to prayer is a general statement of Islamic belief and a summons to communal prayer. Traditionally, it is recited from mosque minarets five times per day to call Muslims to obligatory prayers. Although Cannon Chapel remains closed for large communal gatherings due to COVID-19, we are continuing this longstanding tradition in honor of all those gathering for midday prayers at home. Emory University wishes all those celebrating a meaningful and blessed Ramadan.

For More Information

For more information, please contact Emory University OSRL Muslim Religious Life Scholar, Dr. Isam Vaid at isam.vaid@emory.edu.

We wish you a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!

A Selection of Online Islamic Resources for Ramadan:

(listed by time of program)

Shia (ithna-ashari) focused resources:

Nutrition Resources: