Region Observes Ramadan

BenarNews Staff

Thousands of Muslims conduct the first Tarawih, the night prayer to welcome the month of Ramadan in Istiqlal, Indonesia’s biggest mosque, in Jakarta, June 5, 2016 [Tia Asmara/BenarNews]


Officers on the roof top of the religious affairs office in Jakarta observe the position of the moon in the western horizon to decide the first day of Ramadan, June 5 2016. [Tia Asmara/BenarNews]


Thai Muslims wait for the moon to rise in southern Yala province, June 5, 2016. [Benar News]


People assemble at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, to offer prayers on the eve of Ramadan, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]


A man washes in the Wudu tank of the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]


Indian men offer evening prayers inside the main complex of the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]


Tarabi prayers begin at the national mosque, Baitul Mukarram, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 6, 2016. [Focus Bangla]


A man picks out dates from a shop outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid as the city gets for Ramadan, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]


Cucumbers, carrots and lemons are the most popular vegetables to serve after fasting ends being sold at Chowk Bazaar in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 7, 2016. [Focus Bangla]


A man tries on a prayer cap at a shop outside the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]


A Malaysian family eats supper after Tarawih prayers, June 5, 2016. [Amir Hadi Azmi/BenarNews]


Muslims in Narathiwat, Thailand, shop for food to serve after fasting ends, June 5, 2016. [BenarNews]


A seller prepares roti boom at a Ramadhan bazaar in Kuala Lumpur, June 5, 2016. [Amir Hadi Azmi BenarNews]


The market surrounding the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, India, is filled as people scramble to buy foods and goods on the eve of Ramadan, June 5, 2016. [Kshitij Nagar/ Benar News]

Millions of Muslims in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand will spend the month fasting as they mark the holy month of Ramadan.

The fast is tied to the lunar calendar and marks the ninth month in the Islamic year, commemorating the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tweeted his hopes that fasting associated with Ramadan would “strengthen our social faith and piety.”

In Malaysia, Islamic political party PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang reminded Muslims to look to history to see the importance of the holy month.

Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan. People of all walks of life buy new clothes to celebrate, and offer special prayers in the morning. Women cook special dishes for relatives, neighbors, friends and strangers alike.


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