Living in Halls during Ramadan
Hear from Crown Place Residential Adviser, Ahlam, about how it feels spending Ramadan in Halls.
I have been asked how it feels like to be an international student
living in Halls during Ramadan.
this will be my fifth year abroad. And I can barely remember all the things I
have been doing since then.
surely, I will never forget the sense of loneliness that hit me (and still hits
me!) in Ramadan.
have always considered Ramadan as an introspective and spiritual month, where
everyone focuses on seeking expiation for their sins by attempting to create a
better version of themselves.
this is the time of the year when the sense of community is deeper and more
intense. Everyone is focusing on their own self-growth, but the purpose is the
same: everyone is fasting, and everyone is trying to improve themselves.
also becomes that moment of the year where you can see families cook
together more often. And when it is time to break the fasting, everyone
gathers, sharing meals in front of tables full of different types of food.
Then, when stomachs are filled, and the dishes are done, they spend the
night praying all together either at their houses or at the Mosque.
I am constantly missing that. God, how much I am missing that!
is so that in Ramadan, for us international students, loneliness and
homesickness take over. Especially because most of us are not able to go back
home, even for a couple of days, due to financial, logistics or time
top of those limitations, the sleep pattern changes, the concentration
decreases, and new habits gain control. The well-being is put to test, and
it is challenging to cope with all those mood swings.
get me wrong, I still feel excited about the idea that Ramadan is on its way,
and I am always looking forward to it. But I can't help feeling homesick and
alone when, as the sun goes down, it is time to get ready for the iftar meal.
And I end up feeling reluctant at the idea of cooking something that I will eat
only myself, lacking the verve and creativity that I would have had knowing
that I am sharing it with someone else. It is definitely a feeling that I
wouldn't wish on anyone.
is why, this year, as an RA at Crown Place, I have decided to collaborate with
the Halls Life Team for an iftar event that will take place in Halls on the
13th of March. The purpose of this event is to allow students to get to
know each other in the first week of Ramadan, so that they can keep gathering
throughout the rest of the month and reduce (or even no longer suffer from)
homesickness or loneliness. More details about the Ifar event will be coming soon!
In the past years, Halls Life team and the UoL islamic society had
done their best to increase the sense of inclusion among students, raising the
awareness of what Ramadan means for us. And this year, I will do my part
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