In U.S. cities where Muslim populations are growing fast, families are pushing to make their holidays part the calendar in schools. Some cities have adopted the idea – but in the nation’s largest school system – New York City – the debate continues. Lily Jamali reports from New York.
Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, began on June 28. Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during the holy month. Ramadan is also a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship.
The International Ramadan Photography Competition (IRPC) is a visual celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, which displays the many ways Muslims celebrate Ramadan around the world. The fourth annual competition has three categories: Spiritual, Culture and Architecture, which invites viewers to submit photos that 'Capture the spirit of Ramadan.'
With thousands of mosques broadcasting the call to prayer five times a day, it only takes one muezzin singing with a froggy voice to make life miserable for neighbors. To make it easier on the ears – and nerves – of local residents, the city’s chief religious official has set up singing lessons. From Istanbul, Matthew Brunwasser reports.
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