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ADZU Community celebrates Grand Pagbuka

As one community the Campus Ministry Office, in coordination with the Muslim Student Association (MSA) under the umbrella of the Alliance of Religious Organizations (ARO), prepared for the month-end celebration of Ramadan “Ramadan Kareem.” This was held on July 25, 2014 at the Multi-Purpose Covered Courts (MPCC) Salvador Campus.

The aim of the event was to help the AdZU community understand the significance of fasting in the month of Ramadan by participating in the breaking of the fast. Ateneo faculty, staff, and students joined in the celebration.

According to Mr Mohammad Nur Kadil, a faculty member, “Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is taken right after Maghrib time, which is around sunset. Traditionally but not mandatory, three dates are eaten to break the fast in emulation of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad, who broke his fast in this manner. Many Muslims believe that feeding someone iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding and that such was practiced by the Prophet Muhammad.

Every year the Campus Ministry Office hosts a “Grand Iftar” for the Ateneo community most especially for our Muslim brothers and sisters who observe the Holy month of Ramadan.