Muslims Observe Ramadan

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Despite the heavy downpour yesterday in Monrovia, Muslims in Liberia mustered the courage and joined their colleagues in other parts of the world in observance of the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan. 

The Muslims believe that this is the time when Allah revealed the Holy Qu'ran to the Prophet Mohammad.

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating food and drinking of water or juices during daylight hours.  They also refrain from other vices that would not serve their holy interests.

They also can also seek an exemption from fasting during Ramadan for a more opportune time.

Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Hundreds of worshippers at the National Mosque on Benson Street in Monrovia prayed for the country’s peace and stability.

Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved during Ramadan—a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam.

Yesterday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf extended “best wishes" to the Liberian Muslim community, adding, “We are looking forward to the day our Muslims family will share with us an (Fitr) dinner —the evening meal that breaks the fast.”

She also encouraged religious tolerance in spite of the various forms of worship throughout the country.

Ramadan this year coincided  with the World Cup.  There were dozens of Muslim players in the tournament, who face the challenge of being properly hydrated and getting enough nutrition before sunrise to carry them through a strenuous football (soccer) games in Brazil's heat.

The start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of a crescent moon with the naked eye. 

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