Holy Month of Ramadan: Guide to Islam in Venezuela

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Venezuelans have been acquainted with the religious customs at the holy month of Ramadan during a variety of celebrations held in the Muslim communities, press TV has reported.

Fasting month of Ramadan generates curiosity among Venezuelans who follow other religions while they see Muslims who abstain from food from dawn to dusk to try to purify themselves both physically and spiritually.

They even flock to Muslim communities to get a better understanding of Islamic fervor, values and traditions.

“In Venezuelan capital city, Caracas, people from all religions come to Muslim sheiks to be taught about the holy Qur’an and Islamic values,” Iran’s Ambassador to Venezuela Hojatolah Soltani explained.

Nearly three hundred thousand Muslims are living in Venezuela, according to government statistics.

Over the past decades, thousands of Muslims have immigrated to this country from Middle Eastern countries including Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

In month of Ramadan, as the most sacred month in the Muslim year, Muslims enter into a holy period of fasting during which food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset.

Muslims cease all consumption of food and drink during the hours of daylight for the entire lunar month.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, is the time to focus on self-reformation and prayer. It’s also a festival of giving and sharing.

Muslims believe Ramadan to be an auspicious month for the revelations of God to humankind, given the belief that it was in Ramadan when the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The month comes to an end with the celebration day called Eid al-Fitr or the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’.

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