Greetings from the excitement filled hallway of the UAS MS. As I write this article and I glance at the school calendar, I am in complete shock! The month of June is fast upon us, and As unbelievable as it may seem, the school year is quickly coming to an end. That said, there is still a lot of learning to be done, a lot of fun to be had, and we still have a lot of curriculum to cover, so hang on for a fast and frenzied ride to the finish line!! WOOHOO!!
As you know, the Holy month of Ramadan has begun. In recognition and celebration of Ramadan, I wanted to share with you some important facts recently provided to the entire staff by our Islamic Department.
- Ramadan is a special month of the year for over one billion Muslims throughout the world. Beginning with the sighting of the new crescent moon. It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims think of it as a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. The third “pillar” or religious obligation of Islam.
- The month of Ramadan is a happy occasion; it is the month that the Muslim holy book, the Quran started revealing to Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Muslims are called by their religion to celebrate the month by coming together in worship, fasting each day for thirty days from dawn until sunset.
- During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day. This means not consuming food and drink, including water, during the daylight hours. Smoking are also forbidden during fasting. For married adults, it also includes refraining from marital relations during the hours of fasting.
- Muslims arise early in the morning during Ramadan to have a pre-dawn breakfast meal, known as “Suhoor”. At the end of the day, the fast is completed by taking the “Iftar” meal, which usually includes dates, fresh fruits, appetizers, beverages and dinner. Later in the evening, Muslims attend special night prayers called “Taraweeh” at their local mosque.
- Ramadan is also a time of intensive worship, reading of the Qur’an, giving charity, purifying one’s behavior, and doing good deeds. As a secondary goal, fasting is a way of experiencing hunger and developing sympathy for the less fortunate and learning to thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bounties.
- Not only does the fasting have spiritual benefits. Abstaining from food periodically will aid the body in cleansing itself from impurities. Fasting allows the body to rid itself of poisonous substances that can lead to serious illness and disease.
- The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by – the telling of a lie, slander, denouncing someone behind his back, a false oath, greed or covetousness. These are considered offensive at all times but are most offensive during the Fast of Ramadan.
- Fasting is not an excuse. Although energy levels might be low, the point of fasting is not to slack off from our other duties and responsibilities. We believe that we are rewarded for continuing to work and produce during our fasts. Fasting is not a reason to push meetings or schedules.
- Keep in mind that we’re fasting joyously (despite the tired look on our face). In fact, we wait for this month the whole year, so you don’t have to feel sorry for us. We are not trying to be rescued.
- After the end of Ramadan, a very festive and joyous holiday is celebrated by Muslims, known as Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast. On the day of the Eid, Muslims attend special congregational prayers in the morning, wearing their nicest clothes and perfumes. Muslims greet and hug one another, saying “Eid Mubarak”, which means “Holiday Blessings.” Muslim families visit each other’s homes and have special meals together. Children are often rewarded with gifts, money, and sweets.
Parents should note that the we are currently operating under a revised Ramadan schedule. As you are likely aware, the UAS MS and HS are both utilizing a revised time table which you will find below. Students who are fasting have access to a quiet room during the lunch break to rest. A separate room is being provided for each or our 3 grade levels. Students who are not fasting have been asked to only eat or drink water/juice within our cafeteria. In addition, no outside play is allowed during Ramadan. MS students are allowed to go to the library, the cafeteria, or the quiet room for their grade level. Due to the expected high temperatures, students are allowed to go outside, but are certainly being discouraged from spending any length of time in the sun.
2018 MS/HS Ramadan Timetable
8:00AM to 1:00PM
|MS timing||Length||Length||HS timing||HS|
|Period 1||8:00 – 8:45||45||45||8:00 – 8:45||Period 1|
|Period 2||8:50 – 9:35||45||45||8:50 – 9:35||Period 2|
|BREAK||9:35 – 9:50||15||15||9:35 – 9:50||BREAK|
|Period 3||9:55 – 10:40||45||45||9:55 – 10:40||Period 3|
|LUNCH||10:40 – 11:20||40||45||10:45 – 11:30||Period 4|
|Period 4||11:25 – 12:10||45||40||11:30 – 12:10||Lunch|
|Period 5||12:15 – 1:00||45||45||12:15 – 1:00||Period 5|
ID Cards Only in the Cafeteria
Parents should note that cash is no longer being accepted in the cafeteria. In order to purchase food or drink in the cafeteria, students must have money in their account and present their own identification card to be electronically scanned. Several announcements have been made to our students, and they are also aware of this change in practice.
Thank you for your attention to these details. Until our paths cross in person, please take good care and may peace be upon you.