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[1]Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world fast from dusk to dawn.

You may wonder why exactly we fast. We do it as an act of worship to Allah and as a way to feel compassion towards those in need. It is one thing to think about the less fortunate, but it is completely different to actually walk in their shoes. Ramadan teaches you patience, gratitude and restraint. It empowers you. If you can go the whole day without eating anything or drinking even a sip of water, is there really something you cannot do?

However, it’s not purely a physical challenge. Besides not being able to eat your morning croissant or drink your iced latte, your mind must undergo a fast of its own too. It’s a time for spiritual reflection and a chance to become more introspective. To think about your personal growth, your relationship with those around you and what you can do for your community.

[2]On that note, my good friend Yasmin Ftes had the idea to bring the Ramadan experience to our IE family. So, myself, Yasmin and Ghalia Lahlou decided to combine two Ramadan traditions into one: Iftar, the meal upon which our day of fasting comes to an end, and giving to charity. Since charity encompasses a big part of this holy month, we thought it would be only right for it to play an equally big role in our event. Therefore, we collaborated with the NGO, Madrid for Refugees.

Hence, we set about organising a unique Ramadan night filled to the brim with food, music, games and an incredible mix of cultures and wonderful people. Seeing as food is the most important component of any Iftar, we tried to find restaurants that would like to sponsor the event. After many hours spent roaming the streets of Madrid, we partnered up with Makan, Du Liban, Solidere, Shukran City and Sham Pastelería. The food was an absolute hit and possibly everyone’s favourite part!

All in all, the event was without a doubt, a complete success. The spectacular blend of people, the plates wiped clean, Fairuz playing in the background over the chatter of people playing cards all resulted in one thing: an unforgettable night.

The Ramadan Committee would like to give a special thanks to Campus Life, Ahmad Ghalwash and Eduardo Brandi from the Charity Club, without whom this event would not have been possible. And thank you to our IE community for helping us raise a grand total of 1200€, all of which will be directly headed to help the refugees of our city.

Hope to see you next year!

By Uswa Ashraf Abduljawad