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Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic calendar. Muslims observe Ramadan as a month of fasting, reflection, and prayer. Many Muslims will fast from food & drink (including water) from dawn until some time around sunset. We estimate that nearly 400 of the Muslims at Duke will participate in the CML’s Ramadan programming.

Ramadan Communications Guide

When does Ramadan begin?

Some Muslims calculate Ramadan ahead of time while others wait until the new moon is sighted the night before. Therefore, to respect the diversity of our community, we avoid using decisive language about the start of Ramadan. Nonetheless, many Muslims begin observing Ramadan on or around the evening of March 22. As a result, the first day of fasting will likely be March 23.

How should I talk about the start of Ramadan?

Since the exact start date of Ramadan can vary within the Muslim community, refrain from using decisive language like “Ramadan starts today” or “muslims are celebrating Ramadan today.” Instead, use inclusive language like, “Many Muslims will begin fasting today” or “We wish the Muslim community Ramadan Mubarak!”

How do you wish someone a blessed Ramadan?

“Ramadan Mubarak!” or “Happy Ramadan!” are most commonly used. Mubarak means “blessed” in the Arabic language.

When does Ramadan end?

Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 nights. The exact date of Ramadan can vary. Thus, to be inclusive, we do not confirm exactly when Ramadan will end. However, the last day of fasting will likely be on or around April 21. This would make Eid Al-Fitr on April 22.

What is Eid Al-Fitr?

Eid Al-Fitr is a celebratory holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Celebrations include a congregational prayer in the morning followed by festivities. Eid Al-Firt is one of the most important holidays observed by the nearly 2 billion Muslims worldwide. To wish someone a blessed Eid, say “Eid Mubarak” or “Happy Eid!”

How can I support Muslim students during Ramadan?

Be compassionate. Approach questions with humble curiousity. Ask if students need accommodations while they’re fasting. For example, provide to-go boxes at programs with food and consider academic accommodations.

Contact Duke Muslim Chaplain and Center for Muslim Life Director Dr. Joshua Salaam with any questions.
joshua.salaam@duke.edu