(Dallas, TX – 5/5/19) – The Dallas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) wishes the local Muslim communities a blessed and safe Ramadan as they prepare to join fellow Muslims from around the world in welcoming the holy month. The month long, dawn-to-dusk fasting will begin on or about May 6.*
[*NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months depends on the actual sighting of the new moon, the start and end dates for Ramadan may vary. Consult local Muslim communities for the beginning and end dates of Ramadan.]
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn until sunset. Fasting, along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.
“During Ramadan, Muslims fast to draw closer to God through abstention from food and drink, self-restraint, extra prayers, and charitable giving,” said CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque. “Given the current state of affairs, we ask the mosque leaders to provide adequate security for their congregations.”
In this holy month, many Muslims and Islamic organizations invite people of other faiths to break the fast with them and get to know their Muslims neighbors.
The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid al-Fitr,” (eed-al-fitter) or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about June 4.
CAIR offers guides to Muslim religious practices, which outline basic information about Islamic beliefs that are relevant to educators, employers, health care providers, law enforcement and correctional institutions.
SEE: Guides to Muslim Religious Practices
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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Interim Executive Director Ekram Haque, 469-463-1861 or firstname.lastname@example.org