Not even water? Yes. Ramadan is the Muslim holy month in which many members of the faith fast from eating and drinking anything during the daylight hours. It just started on April 12.
Ramadan has been celebrated since the seventh century to commemorate the month in which the Prophet Mohammad had his first revelations that inspired the Quran.
Creighton students generally seem to be unaware of what Ramadan is and why it is observed the way it is, said Zaki Alsharif, an executive member of the Muslim Student Association.
“They ask me the same questions every year,” Alsharif said.
“You can’t even drink water?” and “Why are you starving yourself?” are some of the questions Alsharif has heard in the past.
These kinds of questions illustrate the importance of spreading awareness about Ramadan throughout campus.
Every Friday at 5 p.m. for the remainder of Ramadan, the Muslim Student Association will be meeting in Skutt 104. The group is using these meetings to bring more unity for Muslim students and those interested in exploring the faith.
A few of the people at the meeting were international students. They have had the opportunity to live during Ramadan in other parts of the world. They mentioned in the meeting that their experience celebrating is worlds different in a Muslim majority country as opposed to here in the United States.
Just like how many Christians choose to give up something for Lent for personal betterment, Muslims have a similar tradition for Ramadan. They make a positive change in their lives as a way to absolve their sins.
Almsgiving and care for the destitute are core tenets of Ramadan. It’s common for mosques to collect a community’s money to provide meals for those in need.
Everyone that fasts is doing it for a different reason.
“During the month of Ramadan everyone is human. Everyone is on the same level, no matter how rich or poor, we’re all hungry,” said President of the Muslim Student Association Yasmine Jakmouj.
Muslims may also choose to fast because it forces them to practice self-discipline and the importance of sacrifice.