Traditionally observed at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, Iftar was once again interdenominationally observed at the KHG Heim.
The MÖH (Muslim Austrian Student Union) has been welcoming students (both dorm residents and all JKU students) to Iftar celebrations at the student dorm since 2018. Dino Osmanagić (MÖH) remarked, "Universities are a place of free and unrestricted education, and nothing should stand in the way of that either. When it comes to university life, we aspire to ensure all of the students feel included." He believes in fostering a positive and harmonious relationship and dispelling any anti-Muslim biases. "This is why we also invite non-Muslims to break the fast with us."
The approximately 100 participants attending Iftar also included people in other religions. Osmanagić reiterated: "The interest is there and while speaking with guests, many said they thought it was a pity they had not discover us earlier."
A Month of Reflection
Ramadan is the holy month of fasting on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, those who participate in Ramadan must fast and abstain from any food and drink every day of the month, breaking their fast with Iftar once the sun has set. Family, friends, neighbors, and sometimes total strangers, come together to break the fast. This gathering is an important social factor in the lives of many Muslims. Some also invite colleagues and acquaintances of other faiths to give them a sense of this special month and its festive, communal evenings.