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Dr. Michael Thomson is a professor of Soil and Crop Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University and a member of the Muslim Faculty Network. The Muslim Faculty Network of Texas A&M University advocates and provides a support network for the concerns and professional development needs of Muslim faculty and staff at Texas A&M University. We interviewed Dr. Thomson about Ramadan and what inspires his participation in the month long fasting.

What is Ramadan?

Dr. Thomson said that Ramadan is a month of fasting in Islam that commemorates the month when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad. During the month of Ramadan, Dr. Thomson stated that Muslims will refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset and will spend time together in the evenings praying and reciting the Quran. Ramadan always falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. Ramadan 2022 begins at sunset on Saturday, April 2, and ends on the evening of Monday, May 2.

What inspired your participation in Ramadan?

“I look forward to Ramadan every year,” Thomson said. “It is a very special time of reflection and growing closer to God.” As a member of the Islamic Center of Bryan College Station, Dr. Thomson revealed that he is especially looking forward to Ramadan this year since he was not able to fully experience it during the past two years during the pandemic. “This year we will be able to gather once again to break our fast every evening and join nightly prayer services to worship together,” he said.

Do you have any suggestions to help others learn more about Ramadan?

According to Dr. Thomson, Texas A&M has a very active Muslim Student Association and Muslim Faculty Network. He recommended that anyone who is interested in learning about Ramadan, reach out to a fellow Muslim student or faculty member, or contact the Islamic Center of Bryan College Station to learn more.

What would you like our readers to know about Ramadan that may be less known or you want to highlight?

“As a Muslim, Ramadan is also a time for us to give charity and to reflect on those less fortunate,” Thomson said. “We also pray for groups who are oppressed around the world, such as the Rohingya, the Uyghurs, and the Palestinians.” 

Visit Muslim Faculty Network on the website https://muslimfacultynetwork.tamu.edu/ | Email: Dr. Michael Thomson at  m.thomson@tamu.edu

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