Ramadan: Dogara sends message to Muslims

Saul Bowman
Мая 8, 2019

Muslims across the world will fast for 29 or 30 days starting Monday as they mark the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth and most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. The fast is meant to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the sufferings of the less fortunate.

During the day, Muslims must also abstain from sex, gossip and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.

The airline says it expects during the next month to serve 1 million dates, a preferred high-energy food eaten before and after the sunrise to sunset fast and has specially crafted meals on board to coincide with iftar times - when the fast is broken.

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.

It is believed that the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed during Ramadan.

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Trump's message to the Muslim communities around the world also emphasized that the Ramadan's rituals help Muslims to "develop a renewed sense of goal in their own spiritual journey, deepening their appreciation for God's grace and mercy".

Muslims follow a lunar calendar, and a moon-sighting methodology can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.

"I also call on our religious leaders not to relent in their prayers and preaching for unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence in order to build a nation that we will all be proud of".

During Ramadan, strict restraints are placed on the daily life of a Muslim.

Ramadan culminates with the celebration of Id-ul-Fitr festival.

In North Sumatra, locals including children wearing traditional dress chanted prayers as they held a torch-lit procession to make the start of Ramadan. This year Ramadan begins in most places on May 6; next year it will begin in late April.

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