Ramadan Vocabulary Worksheet

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Ramadan Vocabulary Worksheet

Ramadan Vocabulary Worksheet

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins tonight.


Ramadan is a very important time in the Islamic calendar, and Muslims all over the world will be preparing to take part. This year's Ramadan will be a bit different, as the coronavirus outbreak means that many people will not be able to visit friends and family, or their local mosque. This is because of worldwide 'lockdowns' which are helping to stop the spread of the disease. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won't eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Fasting is important during Ramadan as it allows Muslims to devote themselves to their faith and come closer to Allah, or God. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis of how Muslims live their lives. The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Ramadan is also a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. Normally, people will make a special effort to connect with their communities and reach out to people who need help. It is common to have a meal (known as the suhoor) just before dawn and another (known as the iftar) directly after sunset. At the end of the fast - when the sun has gone down - usually, families and friends will get together for iftar to break their fast. The Muslim Council of Britain is advising families and friends to video call each other during iftar this year during lockdown. Many Muslims also usually go to the mosque to pray, when lockdown restrictions aren't in place. Some mosques have been holding virtual services online for people to watch together.

Ramadan Word List:


charity
[noun]
something given to a needy person or persons; alms.
It is hard for some people to accept charity.
dawn
[noun]
the first daylight in the morning, or the time at which it occurs.
devote
[transitive verb]
to give (one's time or attention) to a purpose.
The volunteers devoted their time and energy to helping others.
He regretted that he had devoted so little time to his children when they were small.
faith
[noun]
belief, confidence, or trust.
People had faith in their leaders during that war.
My grandmother doesn't have much faith in doctors.
I have faith that these kids will succeed.
fast1
[adjective]
moving or operating, or having the ability to move or operate, with speed.
a fast horse.
five
[noun]
the number represented by the Arabic numeral 5 and the Roman numeral V.
Islam
[noun]
a monotheistic religion based on the teachings of the prophet Muhammad as set forth in the Koran.
mosque
[noun]
a Muslim place of worship.
of
[preposition]
used to indicate distance or separation from.
within a foot of the door
They were cheated of their opportunity.
pilgrimage
[noun]
a usually long trip undertaken for religious purposes, such as to visit a holy place.
The family of Muslims set off on their pilgrimage to Mecca.
pillar
[noun]
a tall, often cylindrical shaft used to support a structure or to serve as a decoration or monument; column.
prayer1
[noun]
the act of appealing to and invoking the power of God or some spiritual being.
sunset
[noun]
the moment each day when the sun disappears below the western horizon.
The lamps come on automatically at sunset.

Ramadan Worksheet 1

Instructions: Match the word with its definition.

mosque
a-     the time when the sun goes below the horizon in the evening
dawn
b-    belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs
sunset
c-     the five bases of the Islamic faith
fast
d-    words spoken to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
devote
e-     the act of giving money, food, or other kinds of help to people who are poor, sick, etc.
faith
f-      a building that is used for Muslim religious services
Five Pillars of Islam
g-     a journey to a holy place
prayer
h- to decide that (something) will be used for (a special purpose) : to use (time, money, energy, attention, etc.) for (something)
charity   
i-   to eat no food for a period of time
pilgrimage
     h- the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear

Ramadan Worksheet 2

Instructions: Write the correct word in the space before its definition. There may be more than one definition for each word.

charity / dawn / devote / faith / fast / mosque / prayer / sunset

1._________________ the first daylight in the morning, or the time at which it occurs.

2. _________________ any specific religion and its doctrines and observances.

3. _________________ a form of communal worship with the object of adoring, confessing to, or giving thanks to God or an object of worship.

4.       _________________ the moment each day when the sun disappears below the western horizon.

5. _________________  something given to a needy person or persons; alms.

6. _________________ a Muslim place of worship.

7. _________________ to cease to eat food.

8. _________________ to give (one's time or attention) to a purpose.

 This lesson is based on an article from BBC.

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