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The Cultural Center

Spiritual Life

Ramadan 2021

context and campus impact | dining | prayer spaces | events


Eid Mubarak!

(Blessed Eid!)

As Ramadan has now ended, swing by the Cultural Center suite (Community Commons main floor, Grand Suite/1200) to pick up an Eid sweet --while Suite is open; check the front desk/fridge.


This school year, the Muslim holy month of Ramadan (roughly April 12 to May 12) overlaps with the end of spring semester, and falls entirely within the spring quarter.

A variety of student groups, staff and faculty supports, and Sodexo has worked to identify needs and opportunities for our observant campusmates. The information on this page is shared to raise awareness and publicize resources.

If you have questions about specific events or services, please contact the individual coordinators or providers directly. If you have updates or additions for this list, please email TCCinfo@du.edu We will post updates as often as possible.

Context and Campus Impact

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Fasting is one of Islam's five fundamental principles. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset; they are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals (iftar) with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays. (www.history.com/topics/holidays/ramadan)

Those able to fast will abstain from all food or drink (including water), and many more are involved in community events through the month–all of which can impact energy levels, attention spans and more, especially later in the day and cumulatively, later in the month. While there's no need to presume or ask who's Muslim or fasting , please be mindful of this possibility in your classes, offices, meetings, and events.

Dining Options (changed from past years)

To support affiliates, especially those on campus meal plans, in balancing observance and nutrition through Ramadan fasting, we've compiled a list of RAMADAN DINING OPTIONS (PDF). These have changed from previous years, based on past usage, campus dining changes, and COVID requirements.

All dining options may not be open before sunrise or at/after sunset. So, please plan ahead.

Diners can:

  • take advantage of light snacks in listed fridges (document above),
  • advance order boxed meals (below) for pick-up at the Community Commons each evening,
  • purchase from open dining/retail locations (check www.du.edu/dining for options and schedule), OR
  • wait until late dining opens in Community Commons for regular menus (check link above).

Advance order of suhoor/iftar meals (ENDED WITH EID)

Check the rotating menu in RAMADAN DINING OPTIONS (PDF).

You can order vegetarian or halal meat option.

Each boxed meal ordered = 1 swipe or $9.50. So, if you order both an iftar and a suhoor meal, that's 2 swipes for those on meal plans, or $19 charged to your DU account. (Non-meal plan students who may need financial support to sign up for meals are encouraged to contact the Cultural Center staff at tccinfo@du.edu)

To cancel a meal, please email Sodexo being sure to include your name, DU ID#, and specific date+meals you are canceling. If you do not cancel an order by 5pm the day before, you will be charged, even if you don't claim the meal.

Prayer Spaces

The following regular and specially-scheduled spaces will be available for personal and small group prayer:

  • Driscoll South multi-faith space (Room 29) *has snack fridge
  • Centennial Towers 113 *has snack fridge
  • Korbel (Sie Complex) 3105 *has snack fridge
  • Ruffatto Hall 224 (please use door dry erase board to indicate your likely end time, so others know when space will be available)
  • Ricketson Law Building 324
  • Wesley Hall 211

While there are no facilities within the prayer spaces to make wudu, there are public restrooms near each.

NOTE: Due to COVID restrictions, the Driscoll South space is the only location open to all campus-cleared affiliates. Other spaces are available to those already cleared to be in those buildings, and all spaces are limited to posted maximum capacity.

Events

A number of campus and community groups may host iftar (dinners) and other events:

  • Colorado Imam Council on Facebook : events, resources (www.coloradoimamcouncil.org)
  • Ramadan Toy Drive (Facebook site)
  • 4/24 Painting in The Park. DU MSA and MSA Auraria invite you to enjoy the afternoon painting and making Ramadan decorations to celebrate the Holy Month. Followed by Iftar (provided), Taraweeh, and Qiyam lead by Imam ShemsAdeen. 5pm at Crescent View Academy, 10958 E Bethany Dr, Aurora. Register at forms.office.com/r/EEJppTVEg1
  • MAS Qiyam: inspirational stories from the Qu'ran and Sunnah Imam ShemsAdeen. Saturdays through Ramadan, following Taraweeh to 12am. At Crescent View Academy, 10958 E Bethany Dr, Aurora.
  • collected info on Ramadan and Islam: https://linktr.ee/neda.kikhia

We'll continue to add events and resources here as known. So please share the www.du.edu/culturalcenter URL (Ramadan linked there), and check back for more info!

If you have questions about specific events or services, please contact the individual coordinators or providers directly.

If you have updates or additions for this list, please email them to TCCinfo@du.edu