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“Eid Mubarak, Sussex” – ISoc students celebrate Eid al-fitr

Students Isthiak Hussain, Mohammed Abdul-Latif, Maaz Tanveer and Moniba Asgari

Members of the Sussex community are celebrating Eid al-fitr, which began on Tuesday 4 June. Eid al-fitr is an Islamic celebration marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and reflection.

Students from the University of Sussex Islamic Society (ISoc) spoke about their experiences before celebrations began.

Final-year Biomedical Science undergraduate Moniba Asgari emphasised the personal importance of the occasion: “Eid is the end of the holy month of Ramadan. We sit back and reflect on how we’ve improved ourselves and how we strive to be better humans, and we hope to carry that on for the rest of the year and our lives.”

Masters student Maaz Tanveer, who is the ISoc publicity officer, said: “I’m personally celebrating Eid for the first time away from my home, so what I am most looking forward to is celebrating with friends that I have met over the year – the bonding and the brotherhood we have made in ISoc and the Muslim community at Sussex.”

Another postgraduate student, Mohammed Abdul-Latif shared a tradition from his home country: “In Ghana we try to break the day by taking honey.”

Isthiak Hussain, who is finishing up the first year of his degree in History with Arabic, explained how his family and friends spend time together: “Usually at home you get big gatherings – sometimes you book out a hall, sometimes you go to a friend’s house – and you have loads of people sitting around. We have a good time with lots of delicious food.”

Sussex ISoc offers community to Muslim students and runs many activities. Through initiatives such as Discover Islam Week (which this year followed One World Week), ISoc runs sessions, open to all, to help people learn more about Islam. This academic year the society has also organised quiz nights and documentary screenings.

During the month of Ramadan ISoc provided its members with free Iftar – the meal eaten after sunset. Fifty to 60 people gathered to share food each night.

An Eid barbecue will be held after the end of the assessment period. More details will be shared on the ISoc Facebook page.

The University wishes everyone celebrating a happy holiday – Eid Mubarak.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Wednesday, 5 June 2019


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