Audio Slideshow: Ramadan in DC

Al Jazeera hears from Muslims in the US capital on how they observe Ramadan.




    The Muslim holy month of Ramadan has begun for the world's 1.2 billion Muslims.

    A month in which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, Ramadan began on August 22 for most in the Middle East, Asia, and the US, and a day earlier in Libya, Turkey and for some Lebanese Shias.

    Ramadan begins with the first sighting of the new crescent moon in the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, during which Muslims abstain from daytime eating, drinking, smoking and intimate relations.

    Families and friends get up early for suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, and at the end of a day of fasting, gather for iftar, the breaking of the fast at sunset.

    A time for spiritual reflection and self-discipline, Muslims believe Ramadan to be the month in which the first verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago.

    RELATED:
      World's Muslims mark Ramadan
      Sport: Fasting footballers retain appetite
      In pictures: Ramadan across the world
      In pictures: Ramadan in Indonesia's tent city

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.