S. Fla Muslims celebrate Ramadan

caines | 7/26/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Friday, July 20th marked the beginning of Ramadan, the 30 day month long of fasting observed by millions of Muslims world wide. Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar because the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad during this month. Because of this, Ramadan is also called the month of the Quran and Muslims attempt to recite as much of the Quran as they can during the month. Believers are obligated to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations during day light hours. It is thought that fasting is way to practice self-discipline, sacrifice and empathy for the less fortunate. Muslims believe that all good deeds are more generously rewarded in Ramadan than in any other month of the year, according to Fred Nuriddein, the iman of Liberty Citys Al-Ansar Mosque. And this charity is to be given to everybody, not just to the members of the Muslim community, but to all persons regardless of their faith and ethnicity, he explained. Already Nuriddean and members of Al-Ansar have charitable activities planned. We feed the poor, we help those who are in financially difficulties with their mortgage or rent, he said. Therefore, in many Muslim communities, it is not uncommon to see people giving more food to the poor and the homeless, and even to see large public areas for the poor to come and break their fast. By Kaila Heard Miami Times Writer