Muslims in F-M Area Observe Holy Month of Ramadan
Some fast for over 16 hours a day
FARGO, N.D. — It’s the second week of Ramadan, and many Muslims in the F–M area are observing the holy month.
Muslims are encouraged to pray five times a day, and men and women pray separately.
During the holiday, people fast from sunrise to sunset, which is often over 16 hours, to understand what it’s like for millions of starving people around the world. There are exceptions for children, the sick, and elderly.
Ramadan is also a time for charity and to ask for forgiveness.
“Islam is very peaceful. It’s not the way it is reflected in the media. And unfortunately people who are kind of using it as a political motivation. This month of Ramadan is very holy,” Ahmed Makaraan, who prays at the Islamic Center of Fargo, said.
Ramadan will end on June 4. The dates are different every year and are based on the sighting of the moon.