The University of Jordan News Ramadan through the Eyes of International...
  • 26 - Mar
  • 2024

Ramadan through the Eyes of International Students at UJ

​By Suha Al-Subaihi

The month of Ramadan in Jordan embodies a unique experience, where entrenched customs and traditions reflect the cohesion and interconnectedness of the Jordanian society.

In this context, international students studying Arabic at the Language Center at the University of Jordan (UJ) experience something new for some and distinctive for others, closely familiarizing themselves with the Islamic culture and traditions deeply rooted in this month.

Ararad, from Armenia, said that it was his first time experiencing the spirit of the holy month, admitting to not knowing much about it before coming to Jordan. He described it as an exciting experience that opened new horizons for him to explore the culture and traditions associated with this month, comparing them to the fasting customs in his country, which end at Easter, noting that they do not differ as much from.

Elene, from France, uttered her admiration for the traditions of the month, fasting, and the profound meanings it carries. She mentioned fasting with her friends, expressing admiration for the Jordanians' commitment to worship and pray together. She also noted that this Ramadan is different from previous years due to the tragic events in Gaza, arousing feelings of solidarity and support.

Polina, from Russia, said this is her first Ramadan experience, finding it difficult at first, especially not being able to eat during the day out. She mentioned the unique experience of "Al-Musaharati", which initially surprised her but eventually got used to it. She also admired the lightened houses in Amman at night celebrating the holy month, as well as special dishes like "Qatayef" that she tried and enjoyed.

Mohammed, from Senegal, expressed the significant difference between Ramadan atmospheres in Jordan and those in his country, despite many commonalities such as celebrating the month and public Iftars. He described these differences as beautiful and culturally rich. Mohammed also spoken great admiration for the Jordanian people, describing them as "open-minded" and welcoming to everyone, wishing them continued happiness and prosperity.

It is worth mentioning that the Language Center currently hosts international students from 23 nationalities who have come to study in the Arabic Language Program for speakers of other languages and to explore the diverse Jordanian culture and customs.