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This year, MIA is delighted to offer a variety of experiences and activities in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. 

Talks & Lectures

Join us for a series of lectures by well-known speakers discussing a variety of subjects such as Ramadan, Islamic History and Islamic Art.  The lectures will be held from 21:30 – 22:30 every evening and will be delivered in Arabic. 


Click here to view all the lectures


Family Activities & Garangao

Each night as well as the lectures we will be offering an activity or storytelling session for children to take part in.  Why not come and make a Ramadan lantern, model of the Kaa’ba or weave a rug out of paper?   MIA will also celebrate Garangao on Wednesday 7 June 2017 with an evening of activities, storytelling and of course traditional gift giving.


If you can’t join us but still want to have a go and some of our activities, you can download two of them here:

Paper Weaving Rug 

Kaa’ba Model


MIA Bazaar

Join us for a magical Iftar in the MIA Park - during Ramadan, the MIA Bazaar will open on Saturdays from 5pm to Midnight selling foods and handicrafts for all the family.


And finally …

We have selected three objects from our storage that celebrate the holy month.  You can see these objects in showcases outside our Gift Shop from Sunday 28 May to Sunday 2 July 2017.



Pink Qur'an Folio with Maghribi Script
Verses 40-41 of the Surat Hud
Spain or North Africa
Almohad or Almoravid, 12th or 13th century
Ink, pigments and gold on pink dyed paper

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a time of fasting, spiritual reflection and increased prayer. Celebrated by Muslims across the world, it marks the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), first sent down during this month on Lailat al-Qadr, or the ‘Night of Power’.

By fasting from dawn until dusk, Muslims are practicing a method of self-purification from worldly activities and bad habits. The act of fasting also heightens awareness and sympathy towards those less fortunate, reinforcing the faithful’s duty of giving charity (zakat).


Mihrab Tile with Thuluth Calligraphy
Verses 1-4 of the Surat Al-Ikhlas
Ilkhanid, Central Iran
Dated 668 AH / 1269 CE
Turquoise-glazed moulded fritware

Prayer is the second of the Five Pillars in Islam and is a necessary practice for every Muslim. Throughout Ramadan additional prayers known as taraweeh can be performed daily following the night (isha) prayer, where long sections of the Qur’an are recited. For this purpose the Qur’an is divided into thirty equal sections (juz’), so that it can be read every night of Ramadan and completed by the end of the month. These prayers, however, are not compulsory.


Bowl with Kufic Calligraphy
Samanid, Iran or Central Asia
10th century
Slip-painted earthenware

There are two main meals during Ramadan: suhoor, which is served before dawn, and iftar, which is served following the call to evening prayer at sunset. Traditionally the daily fast is broken with three dates, as dates are known to be the food that Muhammad (PBUH) ate to break his fast. After which, prayers are followed and then the main meal can be enjoyed between family and friends. While not mandatory, many Muslims until today continue this practice of breaking their fast with dates.