Holy month of Ramadan begins today in mangalore

22 August 2009

The Holy month of Ramadan began from today (22nd august) in mangalore. Islam follows a lunar calendar, so the start of the holy month is determined by the appearance of the new moon. Religious leaders say no moon was sighted Thursday, so Friday has been designated the last day of the month preceding Ramadan.

During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sexual relations from dawn until sunset.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan marks the time more than 1,400 years ago when Muslims believe the words of Islam's holy book, the Koran, were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.


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