Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Holy month of Ramadan' begins: Markets bloom on 1st day

Holy month of Ramadan' begins: Markets bloom on 1st day

Islamic clerics said mandatory fasting is meant to teach Muslims the true essence of perseverance and tolerance. After years of war, in Syria the markets are again crowded.

Right now, many Iowans are observing Ramadan, which is widely considered the holiest month of the Muslim calendar. Breaking the fast in the evening is called "Iftar" where a feast is spread.

Muslims must abstain from all eating, drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk each day for the entire lunar month, around 30 days. As follows, life is quickly transposed to the hours of the evening/night.

Muslims attend early morning Eid prayers the day after Ramadan.

Achraf Hakimi, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi are three high-profile players who are taking part in the month of fasting, and they have taken to social media to mark the occasion.

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The only people exempted from fasting on time are Muslims who are travelling, aged, pregnant, diabetic, chronically ill, and women who are menstruating or breast feeding.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, "My greetings to the Muslim community on the beginning of Ramzan month".

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu wished the citizens prosperity and peace tweeting, "Wishing you all a blessed start to #Ramadan". Umrah is known as the lesser Hajj, a pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year.

"The Rwanda Muslims Community (RMC) particularly wishes to use this opportunity to wish a happy Ramadan month full of blessings", Hitimana said in the statement. In Egypt children light small lanterns (fanoos) and sing traditional songs, while parents decorate streets and squares, as well as prepare traditional foods.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food from dawn to sunset, thus from 4: 30am to 6:20pm. Among the other traditions there is the hakawati, which derives from the word "history" and consists in telling stories, myths, fables and passages from the Koran. Then, the iftar meals are enjoyed.

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