• RamadanRamadan at Saint Louis Public Schools: A Time of Reflection, Community, and Respect

    As the crescent moon rises, marking the beginning of Ramadan, Saint Louis Public Schools embraces this sacred time with open hearts and minds. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community for Muslims around the world. This year, we join our Muslim students, staff, and their families in observing this holy month, and we invite the entire SLPS community to share in the spirit of understanding, respect, and appreciation for the rich cultural tapestry that makes up our school district.

    Understanding Ramadan

    Ramadan commemorates the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. From dawn until sunset, those observing fast, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs. It's a time for spiritual growth, self-discipline, and increased devotion and worship. But Ramadan is not only about fasting; it's also a time for charity, family, and community.

    How to Support and Respect Those Observing Ramadan

    1. Learn and Share: Take this opportunity to learn more about Ramadan and share your knowledge with others. Understanding fosters respect and appreciation for our diverse community.

    2. Be Mindful of Fasting Students and Staff: Recognize that fasting can be physically and mentally challenging. Be considerate of those who are fasting and avoid scheduling meetings or events with food during daylight hours if possible.

    3. Encourage Inclusivity: Support an inclusive environment where all students and staff feel valued and respected. Encourage discussions and activities that celebrate cultural diversity.

    4. Participate in Community Iftars: Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan. If invited, attending an iftar can be a wonderful way to show support and solidarity with your Muslim peers.

    Wishing Someone Well During Ramadan

    A simple "Happy Ramadan" or "Ramadan Mubarak" (which means "Blessed Ramadan") can go a long way in showing your support and goodwill. "Ramadan Kareem" (meaning "Generous Ramadan") is another common greeting. These phrases are appreciated and convey respect for the individual's observance of this holy month.

    Embracing the Spirit of Ramadan

    At Saint Louis Public Schools, we believe in the power of education to bring people together and build bridges of understanding. By embracing the spirit of Ramadan, we not only show support for our Muslim community but also enrich our collective cultural awareness and mutual respect.

    This Ramadan, let's commit to fostering an environment of empathy, kindness, and inclusivity. Together, we can create a school district that not only respects but celebrates the diverse beliefs and traditions that each of us brings to the table.

    To our Muslim students, staff, and families, we wish you a Ramadan Mubarak. May this Ramadan bring you peace, joy, and prosperity.