The holy month of Ramadhan began today,Monday 6 June, marking the start of a 30-day period of fasting and prayer for Manchester’s 230,000 Muslims.
It is in this Islamic month, which moves each year according to the lunar month, that the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad more than 1,400 years ago in Makkah.
Muslims honour the holy month by fasting during the day – abstaining from food, drink and bad actions – taking part in intense prayer, and performing good deeds. The fast begins at the first strike of dawn and ends at sunset; whereby Muslims can eat and drink again before engaging in more extra prayers to God.
Manchester has a significant Muslim population, with 8.6% of Mancunians identified as Muslims at the last census, and the British Muslim Heritage Centre is located in the city in Whalley Range.
TNT would like to wish all Muslims a very fruitful and enjoyable Ramadhan.