Billions of Muslims from around the world will mark Ramadan on Monday.
On Monday, 6th June, quarter of the world population of Muslims entered the holy month of Ramadan for about four weeks. During these four weeks practicing Muslims from the age of puberty but with exception for pregnant women and elderly sick people will keep fast at the time of dawn. The break their fast at the time of sunset. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. During fast they cannot eat and drink anything and avoid any sexual relation from dawn to sunset.
Several public figures issued their statement on Ramadan:
As we begin Ramadan, I wish all Muslims a blessed time of reflection, family, and good health. Ramadan Mubarak. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 5, 2016
Canadian Prime Minister also issued his official statement on his website stating that:
Muslims in Canada and around the world will embark upon a month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer, and reflection to commemorate the revealing of the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad.
“During Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours to increase their patience, closeness to God, and generosity towards those less fortunate. It is a time of community, when Muslims invite neighbours and friends to share their evening meal – iftar – recite prayers together, and encourage each other to give to charity.
“Ramadan reminds all of us to show appreciation for the countless blessings we enjoy and to put the needs of others before our own.
“Let us take the time to recognize, and show gratitude for, the invaluable contributions of our Muslim communities that enrich our national fabric each and every day. Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those observing this holy month a blessed and peaceful Ramadan.