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Ramadan fasting begins

Source : By Ibrahim Abdulaev
Makhachkala | 31 Jul 2011

(IslamDag) - Dagestan will start the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Monday along with most other Gulf states, Dagestani Mufti Ahmad Haji Abdulaev said on Saturday.

"I ask Allah to give us the opportunity, strength and health to perform our best worship for Him in this holy month, so that we can commit more good deeds" - he said on nationwide TV address.

"I hope this month will bring into the home of every Dagestani peace and prosperity, promote friendship and understanding between people, for the triumph of goodness and humanity in the Dagestani society" - Dagestani President Magomedsalam Magomedov congratulating Muslims with the arrival of Ramadan in a statement said.

Reports from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Indonesia said the new moon had not been sighted after sunset on Saturday, indicating that Sunday would be regarded as the last day of the Muslim lunar month preceding Ramadan.

In most other Islamic countries like Iran, Yemen, Turkey and Azerbaijan Ramadan will also start on Monday.