Muslims around the world observe fasting as Ramadan begins

Hampden County

Muslims around the world have begun the observance of the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is 30-days of self-reflection and resisting temptation.

During Ramadan, observant Muslims fast during the daylight hours, abstaining from food, drink, smoke and sexual activity.

“Just also think about those who are less fortunate in the world,” said Mohammed Dastigir, president of the Islamic Center of western Massachusetts. “What we’re doing, all of the intrinsic things that we would do as humans, that are needs, we’re really putting aside, and we’re fasting to show our discipline and our patience.”

Dastigir said, during Ramadan, observant Muslims have a meal before dawn, and break the fast at sundown.

Ramadan began Wednesday night when the crescent moon was visible.

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