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Birmingham area Muslims prepare for holy month

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On Wednesday, July 10th thousands of Muslims in the Birmingham area will begin their observance of Ramadan through fasting and praying for a month.

Ramadan is an annual period of prayer in which worshippers abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset from a month.  The month long observance includes devoted times to prayer as well as service and is considered as a holy time for Muslims.  This year the Birmingham Islamic Society is inviting the public on Tuesday to join the Muslim community for fellowship and meal celebrating the start of Ramadan.

To learn more about this event you can visit the Birmingham Islamic Society's website or view the media release below.


Contact:  Ashfaq Taufique

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People of all faiths invited for dinner celebrating Ramadan


On July 9, 2013, the Muslim community in Birmingham and around the world will begin the month-long fast of Ramadan.


"As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is equally important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," said Ashfaq Taufique, president of Birmingham Islamic Society.  "We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society," said Taufique.

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam. Because Ramadan is a lunar month, it begins about eleven days earlier each year.

This year Birmingham Islamic Society will again host Americans of different faiths to break fast with us and observe our other worship rituals.  We invite interested people to call 879-4247 or email at


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