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06/15/2017

Feast of the moon for Allah: first part

The appearance of new moon at the end of the 8th month of the Islamic calendar marks the beginning of Ramadan.

Ramadan is held on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims believe it to be “the feast of the moon for Allah”.

Muslims around the world passionately wait for Ramadan every year.

Muslims fast during the holy month every year. Fasting is an obligation for Muslims and they must fast from sunrise to sunset during the Ramadan.

However, the elderly, children, pregnant and the sick can be exempted from fasting.

Muslims believe that this month, which was  has grace from God and evil is restrained. Therefore, they pray more passionately and try to learn something.

Fasting is not only an obligation but also has spiritual meanings behind it. Prayer or introspection gives energy to Muslims to face challenges, so they can continue to fast despite the heat.

In addition, fasting differs in terms of local customs in each country.

In Afghanistan, people welcome the beginning of Ramadan by starting to fast the day before Ramadan and then eating traditional dishes.

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【Dinner after sunset: at a local restaurant】

Zuhra Afshar
Field officer,
JEN Afghan Office



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June 15, 2017 in Afghanistan |