Asian Muslims Mark Ramadan with Fasting, Prayers

BenarNews staff

Muslim women perform Tarawih prayers at the Great Mosque in Padang, in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, May 26, 2017. (M.Sulthan Azzam/BenarNews)


Muslims check the moon to mark the first day of Ramadan in Yala province, Thailand, May 26, 2017. (Mariyam Ahmad/BenarNews)


A man reads prayers before breaking his fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, May 29, 2017. (Kshitij Nagar/Benar News)


A man prays at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2017. (HadiAzmi/BenarNews)


Men offer prayers at a mosque in Dhaka, May 27, 2017. (Star Mail)


Thousands attend a torchlight rally to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, May 24, 2017. (Keisyah Aprilia/BenarNews)


Indian Muslim men and women exit the Jama Masjid complex in New Delhi after prayers, May 29, 2017. (Kshitij Nagar/Benar News)


People shop for delicacies despite a heavy downpour at an evening Ramadan bazaar in Kuala Lumpur, May 28, 2017. (HadiAzmi/BenarNews)


People shop for food at Balae-Hile market in Maung district, Narathiwat province, Thailand, May 26, 2017. (BenarNews/Rapee Mama)


Shoppers fill Chawkbazar in old Dhaka to purchase food for iftar, the meal after sunset during Ramadan, May 28, 2017. (Star Mail)


A man prepares a meal to break the Ramadan fast at an evacuation center in Pantar, a town near the southern Philippine city of Marawi, from where thousands of residents evacuated amid intense fighting between Islamic State-linked militants and government forces, May 27, 2017. (Mark Navales/BenarNews)


Indian Muslim families break their fast at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India, May 29, 2017. (Kshitij Nagar/BenarNews)

Hundreds of millions of Muslims in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand this weekend embarked on a month of fasting as they observe Ramadan, one of the main traditions of Islam.

During the daylight hours stretched out over a 30-day span, they will refrain from eating and drinking. Many Muslims across South and Southeast Asia marked the first day of the fast on Saturday following Tarawih prayers held on Friday night.

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


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