Beginning of Ramadan To Be Observed at Chapel Hour

September 21, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan’s University Chapel Hour and Special Events and Services and the IWU Muslim Student Association will observe the beginning of Ramadan on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington).

The service is free and open to the public.

Dr. Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Western Illinois University, will present "Omokewu: Family and Ramadan Traditions in Nigeria." Dr. Na'Allah has done extensive research into traditional forms of oral literature in Africa. He has taught at the University of Ilorin, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees. He earned his doctorate from the University of Alberta. Dr. Na'Allah is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles.

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting in which followers dedicate daylight hours to worship and prayer while abstaining from food or drink. In the Muslim faith they believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah, their god, revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to the prophet Muhammad.  The fast is broken in the evening with a meal of dates and sweet drinks called iftar which is eaten with family and friends.  Ramadan begins during the 9th month of the Muslim calendar, which this year occurs on Nov. 4, and ends on the first day of the month of Shawwal during which the family prays together, exchanges gifts, and feasts.

For additional information, contact the Illinois Wesleyan Chaplain’s office at (309) 556-3005.

Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181