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Muslims prepare for Ramadan

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Muslims prepare for Ramadan


Ramadan is different in Gaza this year.

The partial relaxation of the Israeli blockade means shops and markets are full of special items for the Muslim holy month. The devout will fast by day, but at night its time for feasting on dates, sweets and all kinds of snacks which weren’t available last year.

Nearly one a half billion Muslims worldwide will mark Ramadan, an annual time of prayer and fasting commemorating the revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Mohammed.

The head of Israel’s civil authority says his soldiers have been asked not to eat, drink or smoke at checkpoints during the day out of respect.

It is a different story in Baghdad. The start of Ramadan comes after a weekend in which 60 people were killed in insurgent attacks.

In Indonesia, the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population, it is a time to pay respect to the dead.

Offering flowers, cleaning graves and reciting prayers at the cemetery is a Ramadan ritual there.

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