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Great British Ramadan

Length - 02:46
Published - Dec 2008
Keystage(s) - 3 and 4

Great British Ramadan

Young women and men talk about the practicalities of taking part in Ramadan in the UK.

TrueTube films are designed for use in a number of ways. Some ideas of where this film could link to your curriculum are below:



Component 1: The study of religions: beliefs, teaching and practices –Islam - Sawm: the role and significance of fasting during the month of Ramadan including origins, duties, benefits of fasting, the exceptions and their reasons, and the Night of Power, Qur’an 96:1-5.



Section 3: Living the Muslim Life - Islam - Sawm as one of the Five Pillars: the nature, role, significance and purpose of fasting during Ramadan, including Surah 2: 183–185; those who are excused from fasting and why; the significance of the Night of Power: the nature, history and purpose of the Night of Power; why Laylat al-Qadr is important for Muslims today.



Component Group 1–Practices - Islam - Public acts of worship - Salah as direct communication with Allah. The importance of practices - Islam as a way of life, lived in total submission to Allah • The importance of the Five Pillars of Islam to Sunni Muslims • The meaning of the Five Pillars: •• Shahadah: sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith •• Salat: performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day •• Zakat/Zakah: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the needy •• Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan •• Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca • The analogy of the house and pillars



2.1 Unit 1 PART A - Part A Islam - Core beliefs, teachings and practices - Practices - The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam -Prayer/ Salat  Adhan call to prayer, praying at mosque and Friday Jummah prayer (Qur'an 15:9899, 29:45)  Praying at home, private prayer (Du'ah)  The preparations and intention for prayer: wudu and niyyah  The significance and symbolism of the different prayer positions that make a rakat (sequence of prayer) Obligatory Acts  Shahadah: the Muslim profession of faith in Allah and the prophet Muhammad; occasions when the Shahadah is recited, e.g. aqiqah ceremony, conversion to Islam  Zakat: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit others, what zakat tax may be used for, and additional charity (saddaqah)  Sawm: Fasting during the month of Ramadan. How and why Muslims fast during Ramadan and rules about halal and haram diet (Qur'an 2:183)



Component 3 (Route A): Study of a World Faith: Option 3: Islam: Practices: The Five Pillars of Sunni Islam: practices in Britain and elsewhere: Sawm: How Sunni Muslims fast during Ramadan: Qur'an 2:184. Issues relating to Muslims fasting in Britain. Festivals and commemorations: practices in Britain and elsewhere:Id-ul-Fitr: The festival of fast-breaking following Ramadan. How Muslims celebrate Id-ul-Fitr in Britain and worldwide

Great British Ramadan

Of course, I enjoy Ramadan here, because, you know what, I make Ramadan.

You create your own scene, get together with your Muslim friends, go eat somewhere.

Every single Muslim around the world is doing the exact same thing.

It's just fun. Sometimes it's fun, like to be a part of everyone. What everyone's doing.

Ramadan is a time once in the year where you come, where you can fill up on spirituality and then use that spirituality throughout the year.


The hardest thing about fasting would probably be, um, no food or drink.

Look at the food, I'm so hungry. Oh, that's my weak point, surrounded by food, pastries, sandwiches, biscuits.

Thinking about people who don't have food. That's really what we're meant to be doing. Thinking about the poor.

People are constantly consuming food, whether it's, even me, like, personally, I always snack. It's quite scary because when you go on the streets, everybody's just eating. When I fast, I realise that I don't really need to be eating constantly.

You're so hungry by the end of it, that people, I think you'll find more ways to be excited, it's like, you know, when you believe it, you buy it, buy it, and then you just eat more. Just hearing that it's Ramadan, you just want to be good.

It's really useful to me. Like, because it's not just fasting from food, it's fasting from a lot of stuff. I tend to swear quite a lot. I mean, Ramadan, like I make a conscious effort to not do it.

I start like backbiting about people.

Oh, so you backbite

You don't, if you don't live up to to being that good, I don't know, I feel a sense of guilt.


You have, you have no excuse. The devil's locked up and you know nothing can whisper in your ear, and this is you. When I come to, like, like gossip or just do something like innocent like that, I feel like, wow, this is really me, and I'm such a bad gossip.

The point is that, like, humans sin by nature, you can't help it. You're like, if you fall and you do it, then you do it. And then Ramadan is a time to repent. It's tiring. It's, it's fun and not fun at the same time.

There's a word called Jihad, which is often misused a lot, and jihad is any struggle for God. You're hungry, you're thirsty, and you're still trying to, you know, concentrate on telling the truth, worshipping, not, like, backbiting, it's like, you know, you've got no fuel in your body.

Oh, I'm so excited! So excited.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

I wanna thank you Allah for the food, for giving us good health.