Celebrating Ramadan

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Celebrating Ramadan
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Recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a good way for students to … American Ramadan: Fasting for Faith (film) Filmed on location in Dallas and …

Celebrating Ramadan
Ramadan (Rah-ma-Dan)) is celebrated around the world as a time of charity and thanksgiving among family and friends. Muslims commemorate this month as the time the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohamed. In countries in the Middle East, it is a celebrated time among Muslims and non-Muslims, as friends gather together at the end of the day and eat special foods and participate in the festivities. These traditions are preserved in Muslim families in America, as well. This year, Ramadan in America will be during the Restaurants and cafes outside of historical El Hussein Mosque, Cairo month of September. Recognizing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a good way for students to understand both the diversity and shared values of many Muslims worldwide. To do this, we have compiled an introductory unit which explores the cultural practices associated with this month. Below you will find:
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Ramadan Lesson Plan Activities, card and lamp craft projects

The CSAMES library also has the following films and books that may be checked out: A Walk in Your Shoes: Muslim-American, (film) Nancy, a 15-year-old Protestant from Boston spends two days with Mariam, a 13-year-old Muslim teen from New Jersey. Nancy attends Mariam’s Muslim school, her mosque, wears a hijab, and celebrates Ramadan with Mariam and her family. The girls also spend time doing typical American teen activities. Nancy and Mariam’s experience demonstrates that by learning about one another, we see how much we have in common while appreciating what makes us unique. American Ramadan: Fasting for Faith (film) Filmed on location in Dallas and Los Angeles, the documentary follows the lives of five American Muslim families during Ramadan. This unique film does more than build bridges; it spotlights the plight of anyone seeking faith and a higher spiritual understanding. Celebrating Ramadan, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, tells about Ramadan through the personalized daily life of a young Muslim boy named Ibraheem who lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Created by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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