Volume 96, Issue 64
Thursday, January 23, 2003

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Lessons of Ramadan go beyond class

To the Editor:

Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic year. During this month, Muslims are instructed to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting, by abstaining from food and drink every day of the month from sunrise till sunset. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of patience, remembrance of the less fortunate and for strengthening their spiritual ties with Allah (God).

To celebrate these accomplishments and the completion of the month of Ramadan, Muslims hold Eid Al-Fitr. During this Eid, dinners are held at relatives' and friends' houses and new clothes and donations and presents are given out to children and poor people.

However, of the 1,700 Muslim university students at Western, some of us might miss out on such outings and gatherings – especially those of us who are from outside London and living away from home. Hence, with the help of a group of students, and cooperation from the class professor, Dr. El-Farra, from Huron University College faculty, our Arabic 020 class held a mini-Eid celebration after our last Arabic lecture on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002.

The celebration started out with sensational Arabic music and cultural songs. But a gathering such as this one would not be considered a celebration without some great Arabian and ethnic foods. So, the celebrations continued with a lovely dinner consisting of various delicious foods from Aladdin's Restaurant.

On behalf of the class and myself, I'd like to thank Dr. El-Farra for this nice Eid gift for all of us.

Salam Al-Attar
Arabic I

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