My Ramadan in Czechia

Dana Alsaialy, Study in Czechia Ambassador
Dana Alsaialy, Study in Czechia Ambassador
Helpful tips, Leisure activities, Student community
8 April 2023

In the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims worldwide embark on a spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection. For some Muslim students, this is their first time experiencing Ramadan without their families and friends, as they are abroad in a foreign country. Last Ramadan, I was in Seoul, South Korea, but this year, I am in Prague, Czechia, meaning I had no idea what to expect. As we approach the middle of this month, let me share everything I know with you!


First, let’s get some details straight in case you don’t know. Ramadan is a time of heightened spirituality and devotion. Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until dusk — specifically from the Fajr prayer (sunrise) to the Maghreb prayer (sunset). Yes, students studying in secular countries must fast throughout their early classes. Luckily for me, all my classes were virtual or cancelled during my first fasting week, as my faculty was moving campuses (read my blog).


However, in general, Muslim students must go through their midterms, study, and do well in their classes, even during Ramadan. Then, why are Muslims so excited about this month? It sounds so challenging! Well, it’s simple — Ramadan is when we focus on building healthy habits and spending time with our closest community. During Ramadan, mosques in Czechia are filled with worshippers who come together to perform the Taraweeh prayers, which are special prayers performed only during Ramadan. The sounds of the prayers and the recitation of the Quran fill the air, creating a peaceful and serene atmosphere.



Another unique aspect of Ramadan in Czechia is the Iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break their fast at sunset. Many mosques in the country host community Iftars, where Muslims and non-Muslims come together to share a meal and experience the spirit of Ramadan. These events are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Islam, meet new people, and build bridges of understanding and friendship. Something my friends and I do, and I think is relatable for most students, is scheduling Iftar dates — either book a reservation at a restaurant, agree to meet up in someone’s apartment to cook together or order food on lazy (most) days.


All in all, Ramadan in Czechia is something incoming students should be excited to experience!