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Ramadan, The Muslim Holy Month

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Today's program is devoted to Ramadan, the Muslim holy month observed by more than 1.6 billion people around the world. Islam is based on the lunar calendar of which Ramadan is the ninth month. It is believed to be the time when God revealed the Koran to the prophet Muhammad. It is a time when Muslims devote themselves to worship and to reflecting on the world they live in.

Between dawn and dusk, devout Muslims do not eat or drink. They are required to think about the hardships of others and to be especially generous to the needy. There is sometimes an early morning meal before dawn. Until dusk when the fast is broken, everyone except children, the elderly, the ill, pregnant women and travellers is required to abstain from food and drink

Today's guests are Yusif Lee from the Islamic Center of Southern California and Amira Al-Sarraf from the New Horizons School in Pasadena.

For information about Ramadan, go to www.icsconline.org.

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