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CLIP 3053

Fasting during Ramadan

Fasting during Ramadan
Key Info
  • Fasting during Ramadan
  • Duration: 02:52
  • Describes sawm, the third pillar of Islam. Muslims explain how it feels to fast, and why they do it. They explain how it can bring them a sense of peace, develop self-control and help them to empathise with suffering and starving people.
  • Credits: ITN Source
  • Subject:

    Religious Education



  • Keywords: Muslim, Islam, sawm, fasting, peace, Ramadan, self-control, Five Pillars
Ideas for use in class
  • Before watching the clip, discuss what students have given up in the past, and why (e.g. sweets in Lent, or food for 24 Hour Famine, or talking for a primary school-sponsored event). How did it feel and what benefits were there? How far would you go in giving things up? Watch clip and reflect on what Muslims do in Ramadan and why. What motivates Muslims to fast for such a long time? Ask students if there are other things that they might give up for a period of time to help them think about people in need. Challenge them to make an active response to help others.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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