Ramadan is observed by millions of Muslims worldwide and is considered to be the holiest month of the year. The ninth month of the lunar calendar, Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran to the Prophet Mohammed by God. In honor of this holy month, Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset. Meant as a time of spiritual discipline, deep contemplation of faith and charitable giving, Ramadan promotes connection to God and man alike. As my 8-year-old son, Naseem says, “Ramadan is the time for family” and together, with our loved ones, we share meals, practice patience, recite the Holy Quran, pray, reflect, and give back.
Some ways you can support your Muslim brethren:
1. Get curious. As a Muslim, I welcome you to ask the questions you’ve been thinking about, but just felt a bit too embarrassed to say out loud. Assumptions and stereotypes are counterproductive; we can learn together.
2. Lean in. Wish your Muslim friends, family members and neighbors a “blessed Ramadan” by simply saying “Ramadan Mubarak” or “Ramadan Kareem”.
3. Practice compassion. Days are LONG, which means, particularly in Michigan this year the fast is about 15 hours on average. As you can imagine, a person’s energy level and productivity will fluctuate over the course of this month.
Guest Blogger: Nawal Alsaeed, GSRP Director of Kreative Kids Learning Center in Inkster, MI
Great Start Readiness Program is a Michigan state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to Wayne RESA to administer the program locally.
These blogs were developed and funded under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.
Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.