Dossier: Ramadan

Breaking the fast in Brazil's "Islamic heartland", Recife. Photo: Ekrem Güzeldere

Ramadan in Brazil

Maintaining the tradition

The small Muslim community in the Brazilian metropolis Recife meets every evening in the city's only Muslim centre to break their fast with the iftar dinner. Most of the people in the community are African immigrants. Ekrem Güzeldere reportsMore

A mountain landscape in Iran (photo: FARS)

Islam and Environmental Protection

Embracing a Greener Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting and prayer, but more and more Muslims are also using this time to reflect on their relationship with the environment, writes Ryan Strom, Communications Manager for Green MuslimsMore

Photo Essay

The Challenges of Ramadan

For one month a year, the faithful are required to desist from eating and drinking and instead exercise self-discipline and abstinence. But for many Muslims, Ramadan brings with it a whole host of other challenges. More

Sergeant Chaouki Aakil (photo: © Ulrike Hummel)

Muslims in the German Armed Forces

Observing Ramadan in Uniform

There are around 1,000 Muslims among Germany's 250,000 soldiers. During Ramadan, they have the extra pressure of finding a compromise between their job and their daily religious fast. Ulrike Hummel reportsMore

Kristiane Backer on German TV show 'Menschen bei Maischberger' (photo: imago stock&people)

The Islamic Month of Ramadan

A Test of Willpower

In her reflective article, Kristiane Backer describes Ramadan as not only a period of renunciation and self-discipline, but also as a process of physical and spiritual cleansing. The Islamic fasting month of gives her a sense of closer proximity to God, writes the former MTV and NBC presenter, who converted to IslamMore

Kristiane Backer on German TV show 'Menschen bei Maischberger' (photo: imago stock&people)

The Islamic Month of Ramadan

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A Test of Willpower

In her reflective article, Kristiane Backer describes Ramadan as not only a period of renunciation and self-discipline, but also as a process of physical and spiritual cleansing. The Islamic fasting month of gives her a sense of closer proximity to God, writes the former MTV and NBC presenter, who converted to IslamMore

Sighting the moon before Ramadan (photo: AP)

The Holy Month of Ramadan

To Fast or Not to Fast

None of the five pillars of Islam is observed by as many Muslims as fasting in Ramadan. Some people who don't otherwise obey any religious rules fast; others make a conscious decision not to. Stephanie Doetzer spoke to a number of Muslims who have decided not to fastMore

Sighting the moon before Ramadan (photo: AP)

The Holy Month of Ramadan

Fasting Is Not for Everybody

None of the five pillars of Islam is observed by as many Muslims as fasting in Ramadan. Some people who don't otherwise obey any religious rules fast; others make a conscious decision not to. Stephanie Doetzer spoke to a number of Muslims who have decided not to fastMore

Muslims praying in the Merkez Mosque in Duisburg (photo: dpa)

The Tradition of Ramadan

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Which Image of God Determines the Ritual Behaviour?

The Islamic month of fasting began last Monday – in Europe too, where the majority society still knows far too little about the holy practice, which is a religious duty of all Muslims and one of the "five pillars of Islam". Emel Zeynelabidin says that for this reason, posing questions that are free of fear and born of interest is now a matter of great urgencyMore