Use Ramadan to fight societal ills - Akufo-Addo to Muslims

Muslims in Southern California prepare for beginning of Ramadan

"At the spotting of the crescent moon, Muslim families and communities will honor this revelation by beginning a month of inward reflection, spiritual renewal, and prayer". Nightly prayers called Tarawih are also held in mosques after iftar.

It is when Muslims are required to spend 30 days observing fast during daylight hours, as a means of celebrating and reflecting on their faith.

Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, forgoing earthly needs to be closer to God. This stems from the Islamic belief that a good deed in Islam is rewarded 10 times, thus fasting for 30 days during Ramadan and six days during Shawwal creates a year's worth of goodwill.

During the period, fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic, chronically ill or menstruating.

Ramadan is considered to be one of the most sacred months according to the Islamic calendar and is the ninth month of the 12-month cycle.

During the day, Muslims must also abstain from sex, gossip and cursing, and are encouraged to focus on meditative acts like prayer, reading the Quran and charity.

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Observed for an entire month from sunrise to sunset, the holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan is dedicated to the glorious night of Laylat al-Qadr when the holy Quran was first revealed to mankind.

Ramadan or Ramzan is practiced by all Muslims irrespective of where they live. The challenge of fasting for many is also a chance to reset spiritually and physically, kick bad habits and purify the heart.

"Melania joins me in sending our best wishes to Muslims in the USA and around the world for a blessed month of celebration", Trump said.

After these intense nights of prayer, the end of Ramadan is met with a holiday called Eid al-Fitr.

These countries will be on the lookout for the Eid moon that evening.

This picture taken on May 3, 2019 shows Indonesians carrying baskets of food on their heads as part of the Nyadran festival to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in Temanggung, Central Java.

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