As we approach Ramadan, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL), the Markaz, and the Muslim Student Union (MSU) are collaborating to ensure a meaningful and safe Ramadan experience. We understand that our community is both on and off-campus during this time, and yet we are reminded that our relationships with each other and with God are what connect us as a community across the world.
With that in mind, we have both virtual and on-campus plans for this Ramadan. Below we describe what you can expect from a Virtual Ramadan experience, and more information about the On-Campus programming follows.
The Virtual Ramadan website is live at: www.stanfordramadan.org. This website will have the most up-to-date information on virtual Ramadan programs, categorized as four themes. Here are links to each, with some highlights:
Community: Markaz TAMR Program, A Chai-Chat on the Moon
Charity: Zakat Workshop, MSU Service & Action
Spirituality: Daily Quran Recitations, Student-led Dhikr Circles, Halaqas with Dr. Rania
Connection: Thank God It’s Jummah (TGIJ) Socials, Iftar-Plates, Eid-Gift Giving
Slack Workspace: “Stanford Ramadan 2021”
Our Slack workspace will connect you with community members around the globe! Join the workspace by clicking here, or sign in to https://stanford.enterprise.slack.com/ and search “Stanford Ramadan 2021” in Stanford workspaces. For Slack support, contact Manar Barsi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stanford Muslim community will be observing Ramadan beginning at sunset on April 12, 2021 in accoradance with the Fiqh Counil of North America. We recognize that some community members follow different opinions on the beginning and end of Ramadan. If other needs arise based on following a different opinion, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Amina Darwish.
Beginning April 15, 2021, students will be able to gather in the Old Union Courtyard for daily iftars. Maghreb and Taraweeh prayers will take place in White Plaza. In order for these gatherings to be safe, they must adhere to the following guidelines:
For complete information on Stanford's outdoor guiding policy, refer to Gatherings at Stanford.
Students must sign up for the iftars, Maghreb and Taraweeh prayers for contact tracing purposes. You can sign up here: Week 1 (4/15-4/18), Week 2 (4/19-4/25), Week 3 (4/26-5/2), Week 4 (5/3-5/9), Week 5 (5/10-5/12) Sign up forms for subsequent weeks will be available soon.
There cannot be more than three households at the same table. Please stay in your pods.
Only individually wrapped meals will be allowed.
MSU will be coordinating the daily iftar meals with the ORSL and other student organizations as has been done in previous years. Please check the MSU announce mailing list for updates.
R&DE at Stanford has special accommodations and information for Ramadan dining including iftar and suhoor boxes. All information is available here.
When not eating, masks are required.
For prayers, please bring your own prayer rug. Six feet of distance should be maintained between people who are not in the same pod including during prayers.
Bathroom spaces are limited, so please make wudu before coming.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can always reach out to us. We wish everyone a blessed Ramadan. May it be our best Ramadan yet!
We are excited to be celebrating Eid together on campus! Please help us maintain the safety of the Stanford community by filling out the required contract tracing form before arriving and following COVID safety protocols.
Eid Dinner Celebration will be held at 7:30 pm in Old Union Courtyard, hosted by the Muslim Student Union, the Markaz, and ORSL.
Join us for a beautiful evening with halal pizza, baklava, Eid-themed photobooth & polaroid pictures, Nasheeds, Henna tattoos, and more! We are excited for a joyful night with the community to celebrate the completion of Ramadan.
Pre-registration is required