STORY: Muslims in India’s capital New Delhi thronged at popular seventeenth century mosque, Jama Masjid on Sunday (June 03) to share a large feast at the end of their day-long fast during the ongoing holy month of Ramadan.
The devotees offered ‘namaz’ (physical, mental, and spiritual act of worship) and prayed before feasting on community meals all over India. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which involves rigorous fasting for about 30 days.
The month of fasting is also a month of feasting, with families and friends gathering at sunset for ‘Iftar’, the meal marking the end of the fasting day. Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, smoking, drinking liquids and carnal indulgence between dawn and dusk during the month of Ramadan.
The holy month is typically celebrated with large evening banquets, where families gather to break their day long fast. They eat Suhur (a pre-dawn meal) and break their day-long fast with ‘Iftar’ in the evening.
India’s 1.2 billion people include 175 million Muslims, and constitute the third-largest Muslim population in the world.