Muslims in southern India throng markets for Ramadan shopping

Muslims in India's southern Hyderabad city thronged markets on Monday (May 14) for shopping ahead of the community's festival of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which involves rigorous fasting for about 30 days including festive foods like dates, typically serves as appetizers, before a lavish meal served after sunset.

People were seen thronging the markets shopping for dry fruits, new clothes, and jewelry for the festivities. Shopkeepers in the city were happy with the business booming and Muslims were seen trooping in and out of markets.

During the month of Ramdan, Muslims do not take food or water from dawn to dusk. They begin their day with prayers, followed by eating ‘sehri’ (pre-dawn meal) and break their day-long fast with ‘iftar’ (meal after sunset) in the evening. Ramadan is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s prayers. The fast is intended to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.

Muslims account for about 14 percent of India’s 1.3 billion people.

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