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Asian countries observe Ramadan

08-12-2010 08:53 BJT

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Wednesday marked the first day of Muslims' month-long fasting observance, Ramadan. In the following 30 days, they will refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.

Muslims in countries such as Indonesia, Afghanistan and Malaysia observed the first day of the holy month.

In the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia, shops and restaurants were closed across its capital, Jakarta.

Most restaurants and entertainment venues closed during the day. Many regular workplaces allowed employees to start work later in the morning and finish early.

Muslims in this country hope to gain understanding and respect during this holiest of times.

Adya Maharani, Muslim Student, said, "I hope during this fasting month we can appreciate each other. In our country, there are many different religions, so we should just respect each other. Those who are not fasting should not try to eat in front of people who are fasting."

As a Muslim nation, Afghanistan observes the holy month across the country. Crowds of people can be seen buying food for their family at markets. As the country is being blighted by violence, Afghans wish for peace in their prayers.

Mohammad Ehsan, Afghan Cleric, said, "The holy month of Ramadan is the month of worshipping Almighty Allah. If people stop fighting and turn to peace and everyone spreads goodwill among others, it is better than continuing senseless fighting."

In Malaysia's capital of Kuala Lumpur, vendors sell local food delicacies and traditional clothes in makeshift stalls to serve Muslim shoppers. But business has been slow as shoppers tighten their belts, in response to the government's cuts of subsidies for essential items including sugar and cooking gas.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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