Thursday marks 1st day of Ramadan: Dar al Iftaa

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Ramadan is beginning for the world's Muslims.

Whiles prices of food are said to be soaring in parts of Nigeria due to the Ramadan, Somalia and Kenyan authorities are also feverishly undertaking measures to ensure that terrorist groups are not allowed to carry out attacks.

Soltani is the son of an Iranian Muslim who emigrated to the United States and married a white Catholic from Olathe, Kan., while they were attending the University of Kansas.

There are traditions to be followed.

The quick is from daybreak to sundown, with a pre-dawn meal often called suhur and sundown meal known as iftar. Entire communities and families come together with a focus on the spiritual aspect of what it means to be Muslim, to be alive, to exist.

Shaker Elsayed is the religious leader of the Dar al-Hijra Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.

Ramadan is said to be a holy month during which period the prophet Muhammad says the doors of hell are firmly sealed and the doors to heaven are wide open.

It must be noted, however, that failing to fast during the period constitutes an infraction that could also be a crime in some Muslim countries. Other than fasting they also engage in charitable activities.

A holy month of fasting and reflection, observance of Ramadan - the ninth month of the Islamic calendar - begins at sundown tonight.

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The day of fasting is over at sunset. To him belong the most attractive names ... So, people - you'll find them to be much more generous. Amina Tanboush of Senegal describes some of those duties.

Keeping Ramazan is one of the five pillars (basic duties) of the Muslim faith.

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The Rev. Shannon Fleck, acting executive director of Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC), urged Christians to take advantage of Ramadan as an opportunity to increase interfaith understanding with Oklahoma's Muslim community. This time of year, observant Muslims here would have to eat before 3:40 a.m. Exceptions are made for people for health or medical reasons. It is a time of self-examination and increased religious devotion.

Keith Ellison is the first Muslim American to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

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RAMADAN is noticed by Muslims world wide as a month of fasting to commemorate "the most effective of occasions".

Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, has seen Ramadan through both the Muslim and Christian perspective. Mario Ritter adapted his report for Learning English.

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