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Watch this Ramadan primer from Ontario high school students

As Muslims around the world begin marking their second Ramadan during a global pandemic, high school students in London, Ont., share what the holiday means to them, what it's like going to class while fasting.

Muslims around the world begin celebrating Ramadan on Tuesday

London students share Ramadan thoughts

1 year ago
Duration 3:06
Thames Valley District School Board students share the meaning of Ramadan and how the month impacts their lives and schooling.

As Muslims around the world begin celebrating their second Ramadan during a global pandemic, high school students in London, Ont., share what the holiday means to them, what it's like going to class while fasting. 

The students created a video for their peers and teachers ahead of the month-long religious period that begins Tuesday.

Part of Ramadan involves fasting from sun-up to sun-down. The students say they often get a lot of questions about why and how they do it. 

"Ramadan is a month of reflection; it's a time to reflect on your actions," said Ali Nigim, who attends Westminster Secondary School. 

"It's a month of hardship that can lead to character growth." 

Hooriya Ansari, a student at Oakridge Secondary School, said being unable to gather with friends and acquaintances during last year's breaking of the fast every night brought her closer to her family. 

You spend a lot of time with your family. We really embrace that relationship.- Hooriya Ansari, Oakridge Secondary School student

"You spend a lot of time with your family. We really embrace that relationship. That's very much what I cherish." 

Teachers can help students by being aware that they're fasting and trying to build a connection with them, said Mona AbuSharkh, who teaches alternative education at the Thames Valley District School Board. 

"Accommodation comes from understanding and taking the time to see where students are coming from," she said. "Make a connection. Know that it's a learning curve, and a learning opportunity as well." 

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