Ramadhan is a spiritual month where people of the Muslim faith (about 6000 people living in Wakefield district) fast between the hours of dawn and sunset. It ends with the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr. During this time, Muslim colleagues and members of the public continue to work and undertake many usual day to day activities during this time. Islamic teachings call for Muslims to start fasting about the time they reach puberty, which is interpreted differently depending on culture and adherence, and can range from age 7 to the late teens. Many Muslims seem to start partial or full fasting about age 10.
Fasting becomes obligatory at the age of puberty, it is common practice for Muslim children to begin to fast before this age to become progressively accustomed by the age of puberty. Most children aged 10 and 11 (years5 & 6) are expected to fast all 30 days. The course will explore this.
This course is suitable for anyone coming into contact with the public, involved in designing and delivering any Council services and anyone with an interest in learning more about a significant proportion of Wakefield district citizens. It is an informal course and you are welcome to ask questions.
* An understanding of what Ramadhan is
* When and for how long fasting takes place
* The behaviours and activities which may be practiced during Ramadhan and Eid
* The benefits and challenges individuals experience during Ramadhan and Eid
* Be able to recognise signs and symptoms of ill health related to Ramadhan and exemptions which apply
* A signpost to sources of further information