Wednesday, July 30, 2014


China Restricts Ramadan Fasting In Xinjiang

Students and civil servants in China's far western region of Xinjiang have been ordered not to take part in fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Statements posted on July 2 on websites of schools and government agencies say the ban aims at protecting students' wellbeing and preventing the promotion of religion in schools and government offices.

Statements on the websites of local Communist Party organizations said members of the officially atheist party also should not fast.

China's ruling party has for years restricted fasting in Xinjiang, home to the Uyghur ethnic Muslim minority.

The move comes amid tightened security in the region which has recently been hit by a number of bomb blasts and other attacks.

Many ethnic Uyghurs are unhappy with Chinese rule and say they are being repressed by ethnic Chinese.

 
Based on reporting by AFP and AP

Video In Pakistan, Scorching Heat, Fasting, And No Ice In Sight

In Pakistan, Scorching Heat, Fasting, And No Ice In Sight

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August 03, 2012
During the long days of Ramadan without food or drink, many Pakistanis look forward to breaking their fasts with cold drinks at sundown. But with power shortages in some parts of the country for up to 18 hours a day, ice producers are unable to keep up with the demand. People in Bannu told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that the price of ice has skyrocketed, and it sometimes can’t be had at any price. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs in the Swat region have been carving ice off of glaciers to sell at the markets.
During the long days of Ramadan without food or drink, many Pakistanis look forward to breaking their fasts with cold drinks at sundown. But with power shortages in some parts of the country for up to 18 hours a day, ice producers are unable to keep up with the demand. People in Bannu told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that the price of ice has skyrocketed, and it sometimes can’t be had at any price. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs in the Swat region have been carving ice off of glaciers to sell at the markets.

Video Tajik Summer Forecast: A Long, Hot Ramadan

Tajik Summer Forecast: A Long, Hot Ramadan

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July 20, 2012
The holy month of Ramadan this year coincides with the height of summer, which means long, sweltering days when neither food nor drink is permitted. What do Tajikistan's Muslim leaders advise to help believers observe the fast? Video by Barot Yusufi, RFE/RL's Tajik Service
The holy month of Ramadan this year coincides with the height of summer, which means long, sweltering days when neither food nor drink is permitted. What do Tajikistan's Muslim leaders advise to help believers observe the fast? Video by Barot Yusufi, RFE/RL's Tajik Service

Video Breaking The Ramadan Fast

Breaking The Ramadan Fast

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Members of the Alekozai family sit down for iftar, the evening meal during the holy month of Ramadan, and explain what foods they share to break their fast together.
Members of the Alekozai family sit down for iftar, the evening meal during the holy month of Ramadan, and explain what foods they share to break their fast together.

Video Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr In Bishkek

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Thousands of believers prayed today at the Old Central Square in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Thousands of believers prayed today at the Old Central Square in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Photogallery Preparing For Eid Al-Fitr In Kabul

  • Afghan shoppers throng a market ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

    Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.
  • An Afghan shopkeeper prepares his wares at a market in Kabul on September 9.

    Sayed Jan Sabawoon of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan visited a Kabul market ahead of the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which is celebrated in Afghanistan on September 10.
  • A woman in a burqa examines the latest fashions at a market stall.
  • Two women shoppers at the market examine the wares on offer.
  • Afghan bakers make the traditional sweet "jalabi" during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Kabul.
  • Jalabis on sale in the market
  • A shopkeeper waits on customers at a Kabul market.
  • A shopkeeper waits on a customer at a Kabul market.
  • A disabled man begs in front of the market in Kabul.
On September 9, Sayed Jan Sabawoon of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan visited a Kabul market ahead of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.

Video Waiting For The Light Of Allah

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September 03, 2010
At a mosque in Baku, Shi'ite Muslims -- Azerbaijan's religious majority -- stay awake through the night, praying and reciting the names of Shi'ite imams while standing with the open Koran on their heads. The faithful believe that the light of Allah will come to them through this practice, performed on three nights during Ramadan.
At a mosque in Baku, Shi'ite Muslims -- Azerbaijan's religious majority -- stay awake through the night, praying and reciting the names of Shi'ite imams while standing with the open Koran on their heads. The faithful believe that the light of Allah will come to them through this practice, performed on three nights during Ramadan.

Video Women's Prayers At Bishkek's Central Mosque

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August 18, 2010
The Central Mosque in Bishkek is the most-visited house of prayer in the Kyrgyz capital. There are separate areas for women and men, and the women who come to pray are must use a side or back entrance. Here, women and girls arrive to pray together at the first Friday Prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Central Mosque in Bishkek is the most-visited house of prayer in the Kyrgyz capital. There are separate areas for women and men, and the women who come to pray are must use a side or back entrance. Here, women and girls arrive to pray together at the first Friday Prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

Video Sweets And Card Games In Baghdad

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August 18, 2010
In the Iraqi capital, people shop at the Soq Alshorjah market during the day to prepare their meals for iftar, or the end of the daily fast. Sweets are particularly popular to accompany the late evening meal. Some Iraqis also enjoy a traditional card game that is only played during Ramadan.
In the Iraqi capital, people shop at the Soq Alshorjah market during the day to prepare their meals for iftar, or the end of the daily fast. Sweets are particularly popular to accompany the late evening meal. Some Iraqis also enjoy a traditional card game that is only played during Ramadan.

Video Making Nishalda, Tajikistan's Ramadan Treat

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August 18, 2010
Almost every Tajik family has a dessert called nishalda with their evening meal during Ramadan. The dessert is made from water and sugar boiled for an hour, egg whites, lemon juice, the root of the nishalda plant, vanilla, and anise. Tajiks say that starting and ending the fast with a bit of nishalda relieves one's hunger during the day.
Almost every Tajik family has a dessert called nishalda with their evening meal during Ramadan. The dessert is made from water and sugar boiled for an hour, egg whites, lemon juice, the root of the nishalda plant, vanilla, and anise. Tajiks say that starting and ending the fast with a bit of nishalda relieves one's hunger during the day.

Video Food For The Poor In Kabul

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August 18, 2010
In Afghanistan, poor people and travelers are invited to the local mosque for communal dinners during Ramadan. The rich are expected to contribute to the mosque to help support these programs. In this video, hundreds of people gather at the Pul-e-Kheshti Mosque in Kabul to share a communal meal.
In Afghanistan, poor people and travelers are invited to the local mosque for communal dinners during Ramadan. The rich are expected to contribute to the mosque to help support these programs. In this video, hundreds of people gather at the Pul-e-Kheshti Mosque in Kabul to share a communal meal.

Video Prayers And Breaking The Fast In Baku

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August 17, 2010
In the Azerbaijani capital, men meet to pray during the day, then remain at the mosque until after sundown to break their fasts with their friends and neighbors.
In the Azerbaijani capital, men meet to pray during the day, then remain at the mosque until after sundown to break their fasts with their friends and neighbors.

Video Ramadan Begins In Kazakhstan

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August 17, 2010
Residents of Almaty, Kazakhstan, go to the Central Mosque on the first day of Ramadan.
Residents of Almaty, Kazakhstan, go to the Central Mosque on the first day of Ramadan.

Ramadan Across The Region

RFE/RL correspondents from mainly Muslim countries filed these video snapshots during the holy month of Ramadan. From Central Asia to the Caucasus, they captured moments of prayer, celebration, and communities coming together.

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