MUSLIMS will start the Islamic month of fasting called Ramadan today, Wednesday until September 9.

Ombra Gandamra, director of the Commission on Muslims Affairs Office, said Ramadan will start with a moon gazing worldwide at 6:00 p.m. until 11 p.m.

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Gandamra said during the 30-day Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and sexual activities from dawn (4:00 a.m.) until sunset (5:30 p.m.)

Fasting aims to teach Muslims about patience, humility, and spirituality.

“The presence of the crescent moon signifies the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the month in which the Quran was revealed by

Angel Gabriel in one of the caves of Mt. Hera near Mecca in Saudi Arabia,” Gandamra said.

During Ramadan, he said Muslims ask forgiveness for past sins, pray for guidance, and help in refraining from everyday evils, and try to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds.

“All Muslim respects Ramadan, even the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front. They are exercising the faith of Islam through faith, as it is considered a personal relationship with Allah,” Gandamra said.

(NJM)