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LETTER

Ramadan at MIT

Every year in the month of Ramadan, all able-bodied Muslims throughout the world fast from dawn until sundown. Muslims at MIT are no exception. This year, the month of Ramadan (which is based on a lunar calendar) begins December 9th.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief in the Oneness of God and finality of the Prophethood of Mohammad, establishment of the daily ritual prayers, almsgiving to the needy, and pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are physically and financially able.

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) at MIT organizes meals to break the fast (Iftar) every day during Ramadan in the Religious Activities Center (W11), as it has for several years. Each day is typically sponsored by a different family from the MIT Muslim community (sign-up slots are still available in the Muslim Prayer Room), or from MSA Iftar-fund collections. We will also have a joint Iftar program with the Pakistani Student Association early in Ramadan. The Iftars meals are served after the Sunset (Maghrib) prayer, and students are invited and encouraged to attend. Also, this year, the MSA has arranged for a study room in W11 for exam-cramming students to use while remaining close to the Muslim Prayer Room for prayers and Iftar.

For more information about Ramadan, the MIT-MSA, or about Islam in general, contact the MSA Exec Comm at msa-ec@mit.edu, or visit our web site at


Seif Fateen G
Asif Khalak G
MIT Muslim Students Association