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Muslim world starts Ramadan

08-01-2011 13:46 BJT

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For most Muslims around the world, today marks the beginning of Ramadan. For this month, believers will refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk.

The first day of Ramadan comes a day after the new moon. But there are disagreements each year on when this actually falls, as some still follow the tradition of observing the moon with the naked eye. Pakistan for instance will only start Ramadan tomorrow as the new moon is clearly visible.

Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan more than 14 hundred years ago. During Ramadan Muslims are encouraged to read the Quran and dedicate time for reflection and prayer. Since it is also a festival of giving and sharing, Muslims prepare special food and buy gifts for their families and friends.

A Palestinian vendor decorates his shop by lights on the eve of the Islamic holy month of
Ramadan in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 31, 2011. Muslims around the world
abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month
in the Islamic calendar. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

 

A Palestinian vendor decorates his shop by lights on the eve of the Islamic holy month of
Ramadan in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 31, 2011. Muslims around the world
abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month
in the Islamic calendar. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

 

A woman shops in a store in preparation for the upcoming Muslim holy fasting month of
Ramadan in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Xu)

 

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