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Over a billion Muslims across the world observing the holy month of Ramadan on Monday. They waited with anticipation for their religious leaders to declare the start of Islam’s time of the year. Sunday night at sunset marked the start of a month with prayer, fasting, giving to charity, get-togethers with family and friends, and -reflection. Despite the fact that 23 per cent of the world’s population is Muslim, a sizeable proportion of -Muslims know very little about Ramadan. Many are surprised to that Ramadan does not happen at the same time each year but forward by about eleven days. People also find it surprising to learn that Muslims do not eat or drink (even water) for sixteen hours a day for the month.

This year, Ramadan at a time when there is great unrest in many Muslim . All Muslims will be hoping the bloodshed currently taking in Syria will end and that Syrians will be able to live in peace. In Libya, fighting Colonel Gaddafi’s government said Ramadan would not stop their to win democracy. A 24-year-old fighter said: "If it's war and we're tired, we'll eat, but if we in a defensive position, we will fast. God is us." Barack Obama called for the world to help victims of Somalia’s drought Ramadan, saying: “The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the of families and children in Somalia…compel us to act. Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even catastrophe.”

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
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