Dear Harvard College Students,

I hope you had a peaceful winter break, and that you are returning to campus with a sense of restoration. I am writing to let you know that a committee has been hard at work for several months planning various details for Ramadan, which will be observed this year from Thursday, April 23rd through Thursday, May 21st. In addition to the Muslim Chaplain Office, this committee is comprised of representatives from Harvard College, HUDS, HUPD, the Registrar’s Office, Common Spaces, and the Office for the Arts. We are all working together to ensure that we are offering programming, support, and safety that is successful throughout Ramadan. Below are some details that we have to share so far, with more minor details to come in the weeks.

Observing Ramadan

All Harvard College students interested in observing Ramadan are invited to participate at the following dates and locations from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Please be advised that only Harvard community members holding a valid HUID will be admitted. You must present your HUID upon entrance. Below are the dates and locations:



Thursday, 4/23-Wednesday, 4/29

SOCH, 59 Shepherd Street (Room P-02)

Thursday, 4/30-Wednesday, 5/6

Smith Campus Center (10th floor)

Thursday, 5/7-Wednesday 5/13

Smith Campus Center (2nd floor)

Thursday, 5/14-Thursday, 5/21

Lowell Lecture Hall


Further e-mails will be sent as we get closer to Ramadan, but in the meantime you can also find updated information by visiting my website.

Here is a basic overview of what the nightly Ramadan program will entail:

  1. Set Up & Preparation of Food, Drinks, and Prayer Space – (20 minutes)
  2. Call to Prayer accompanied by the initial breaking of the fast with bottled water and dates/fruit - (5 minutes)
  3. The Sunset Prayer performed in congregation - (10 minutes)
  4. Iftar Dinner - (1 hour)
  5. Spiritual Reflection during dinner by Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid - (20 minutes)
  6. Clean Up – (15 minutes)
  7. Call to Prayer for Night Prayer & Ramadan Evening Prayer (Taraweeh) – (5 minutes)
  8. Congregational Night Prayer – (10 minutes)
  9. Ramadan Evening (Taraweeh) Prayer – (1 hour)
  10. Final Clean up and depart – (10-15 minutes)


Dining during Ramadan

Throughout the period of Ramadan, we will be working closely with HUDS to ensure that proper dining services and accommodations are in place. Bagged morning meals will be provided by HUDS, and Iftar dinners will be served every night at the locations above.


Exams and Assignments

We know that many of you may have questions regarding the scheduling of exams and assignments throughout Ramadan. I encourage you to visit the Registrar’s Office website to familiarize yourself with the Religious Out of Sequence Exam policy.

Further updates will be provided as we get closer, and in the meantime, I encourage you to visit the links above and please feel free to contact Andrew Martinez at Andrew_martinez@harvard.edu with any questions or concerns. Thank you.



Chaplain Dr. Khalil Abdur-Rashid & Chaplain Samia Omar, Muslim Chaplains at Harvard University