During the month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.
Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance. Muslims are to make peace with those who have wronged them, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits – essentially to clean up their lives, thoughts, and feelings. The Arabic word for “fasting” (sawm) literally means “to refrain” – and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.
Therefore, fasting is not merely physical but is rather the total commitment of the person’s body and soul to the spirit of the fast. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God.
The dates for Ramadan are 23rd April to 23rd May (2020) and 12th April to 11th May (2021).
During this period working hours are limited and there is a greater focus and need to help out with organising activities at the childcare centres we support in Rabat. These activities range from art, games and sport as well as some informal English Lessons. We ask that volunteers are patient as day-to-day efficiency is reduced during this period. Furthermore, it is not permitted to smoke, drink or eat in public during this period. We also ask that volunteers make sure they dress more conservatively during this period to avoid offending the locals.
The maid at the Volunteer House will still provide you with breakfast and dinner during Ramadan. There is only one restaurant open in the Medina for lunch during Ramadan. Ali will show you where this restaurant is so you can purchase lunch. Volunteers may also choose to buy food from the shops to bring back to the house and eat lunch and snacks here.