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
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)
Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181