Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Supporting UMD's Muslim Community

The one-page tip-sheet on Supporting UMD's Muslim Community this Ramadan below:

Supporting UMD's Muslim Community this Ramadan  So, what exactly is Ramadan?  Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic faith tradition. It is celebrated according to the lunar calendar, and is anticipated to fall between approximately April 23rd - May 23rd. Observing Muslims abide by a number of practices for the purpose of deepening faith and connecting with community.  Educating yourself on this month is just one small step in ensuring that those practicing feel the full support of the University of Maryland campus community, even in the midst of social distancing. Read on for tips on what you need to know to be in solidarity with Muslim students, staff, and faculty members of our campus community.
 
 

Key Resources For Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak!


The MICA office affirms our commitments to accommodating religious observations as part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ramadan is the holy month where observing Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset for the lunar month (usually 29 or 30 days). 


Although most students are not near campus this Ramadan, there are still plenty of resources that can be accessed to help students navigate school and Ramadan. 


If you would like to offer suggestions or recommend resources that are not listed in this guide, please contact the MICA office at contact-mica@umd.edu.


On-Campus Resources


Emergency Food

Distributing emergency food to Terps in need (or to donate to members in our community in need): campuspantry.umd.edu/


The Student Crisis Fund

Provides emergency support to fellow Terps who need emergency shelter, transportation, clothing, and medical supplies. Click here to apply for support from the UMD Crisis Fund. Click here to make a gift to the UMD Student Crisis Fund. 


FREE E-Textbooks For Students!

Visit stamp.umd.edu/virtualbooks 


Accessibility and Disability Services

Business Hours: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

Phone Number: (301) 314-7682.


Counseling Services (providing services virtually)

Business Hours: 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. ( Monday through Friday)

After-Hours Crisis Support Phone Services: 4:30 pm to 8:30 am weekdays, 24 hours/day over the weekend

To schedule a virtual appointment, call Phone Number: (301) 314-7651


Graduate Student Virtual Lounge Student Engagement

Visit stamp.umd.edu/gslcal for more information. 


UMD Health Center 

Continuing to offer free online group meditation sessions


Math Success Program is moving online!

The Math Success Program will be open via Zoom from Wednesday, April 1 to Tuesday, May 12, and will be open during normal hours; Sunday-Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. After you submit this form, the Zoom link to the program will be found on the confirmation screen. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the program coordinator at mathsuccess@umd.edu.


MICA Virtual Support and Advocacy Sessions 

Please email MICA staff directly if you’d like to set up an individual zoom, Google Hangout, or phone session. 


Muslim Student Association (MSA) Weekly Session

The MSA will be hosting a webinar session every Wednesday at 6:30 pm with Chaplain Brother Tarif on Zoom. This Zoom session is to provide a platform to ease anxieties during COVID-19  and for Chaplain Brother Tarif to provide spiritual and emotional guidance to Muslim students during these trying times. The Zoom link will be posted on the MSA’s Facebook page prior to the meeting.



Off-Campus Resources


Crisis Text Line 

Open to speak specifically about Covid-19 related anxiety. Just text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.


Pro Bono Counseling Project 

Assists families, couples and individuals. The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s mission is to ensure that Marylanders with limited resources requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services. The clinical team is available to take calls Monday - Friday, 9-5 at (410) 825-1001.


Multimedia

The links below are meant to promote relevant learning for Muslims and non-Muslim students outside of the typical Islamic scholar and Youtube lectures. 


Changing the Perception of Islam by Moaaz Elbarbry |Youtube

How to be a Good Ally to Muslims During Ramadan |Youtube

What Not To Say To a Muslim During Ramadan |Youtube

20 Healthy Ramadan Recipes by Yumna Jawad |Article