Celebrating Faith: Cadet Seydina Diop ’25 Shares What It Means to Observe Ramadan

Celebrating Faith: Cadet Seydina Diop ’25 Shares What It Means to Observe Ramadan

Missouri Military Academy Cadet Seydina Diop is a high school junior from Southaven, Mississippi. Below, he shares his perspective on Ramadan, which he is celebrating at the Academy, in observance of his faith. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, marked by fasting, reflection, charity and prayer. 

This year, Ramadan began for most Muslim communities at sundown on Sunday, March 10 in the United States. It is expected to end with Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday, April 9. 


What is Ramadan?

Diop: "Ramadan is a time in my life when I can become closer to my religion and reflect on life and the goals that I have set for myself. For example, my goal to have my grades be where I want them to be."

Is Ramadan fasting challenging for you?

Diop: "No. The amount of support that the school gives us just makes Ramadan that much easier."

What do you wish others knew about your faith?

Diop: "That my faith is what taught me how to be respectful."

Is there anything you miss while you are at MMA and away from your family? 

Diop: "The only thing I really miss is my mom's home-cooked meals."


Muslims rigorously observe fasting from dawn until sunset throughout this holy month, considering it a period of profound spiritual discipline. This personal commitment not only fosters a deeper connection with God but also instills a heightened sense of empathy toward those who are less fortunate.

Cadet Diop says his faith has instilled in him the importance of respect, which aligns with the core values of MMA. Cadet Diop’s Ramadan observance exemplifies the spirit of inclusivity and understanding that defines life at the Academy. At MMA, we wholeheartedly support all cadets, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds, and we encourage cadets to learn about each other's religions.

Missouri Military Academy embraces and values diversity and inclusivity, fostering an environment where cadets from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths can thrive. The Academy is committed to ensuring that all cadets feel supported and respected in practicing their religious observances, including Ramadan.

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