Muslims Begin Ramadan Holy Month

August 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has begun across most of the Muslim world, ushering in 30 days of dawn to dusk fasting and extra prayer.

On the eve of Ramadan, US President Barack Obama said he wanted to build a new partnership between the US and Muslims around the world.

He said US efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan were in keeping with the US commitment to a more secure world.

The timing of Ramadan varies according to the first sighting of the New Moon.