Ramadan in India: A Celebration of Faith and Tradition
Despite tensions and intolerance from government officials, Ramadan in India remains a vibrant and joyous celebration of faith and tradition. India is home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population, with approximately 200 million Muslims living in the country as a minority in a predominantly Hindu country. This Ramadan, Muslims in the capital city of New Delhi have come together to celebrate the advent of the holy month according to their social and cultural customs, giving Ramadan a distinct identity.
The holy month of Ramadan is a time for intense prayer, self-discipline, dawn-to-dusk fasting, and nightly feasts. It is a time for Muslims to reflect on their relationship with God, give to the less fortunate, and strengthen the bonds of family and community. Despite the challenges that Muslims in India face, such as discrimination and prejudice, the spirit of Ramadan is alive and well in India.
Al Jazeera visited old Muslim neighbourhoods, historical mosques, seminaries, and markets in New Delhi to bring us a beautiful and inspiring gallery of how Muslims observe Ramadan in India. From the colourful and vibrant markets selling traditional foods and sweets to the beautiful and historic mosques where worshippers gather to pray and break their fasts, Ramadan in India is a time of celebration, reflection, and community. Please see the article here! https://www.aljazeera.com/gallery/2023/3/26/photos-ramadan-in-most-populated-country-of-the-world-india
This year, as we witness rising tensions and intolerance towards minority groups in India, it is more important than ever to celebrate the diversity and beauty of our communities. Ramadan in India is a reminder of the strength and resilience of the Muslim community in the face of adversity. As we come together to celebrate the holy month, let us remember to extend love and compassion to all, regardless of our differences. Let us embrace the spirit of Ramadan and work towards creating a more inclusive and tolerant world.