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Holy Muslim month of Ramadan begins from today in Jaipur
With the sighting of crescent moon on Monday evening, the first fast or Roza begins from today in Jaipur. The local Hilal Committee convener in the city has announced the official beginning of holy month of Ramadan from June 7.

In anticipation of the beginning of Ramadan from today, hectic activities for purchasing the essential ingredients for observing the festival were seen in market on June 5 and 6.

Jaipur has a sizable population of Muslims and the holy month of Ramadan is observed with piety and devotion marked by fasting, introspection and prayers.

Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles or pillars of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, followers do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset.

"For us, Ramadan is a time for reflection, improvement in our ethical behaviour through fasting, devotion, prayers and worship. The whole month is meant to practice the teachings of Islam consciously to get imbibed. The fast, called 'sawm', begins at dawn and ends at sunset by abstaining from eating and drinking though out the day. We also learn to restraint from sinful speech and evil behaviour to live a humane life," said a Muslim devout in his late forties in the walled city as he began his first Roza.

In addition to fasting, the Muslims in Jaipur are encouraged to read or listen to the entire Quran through special prayers called Tarawih. The voluntary prayers are going to be held in the local mosques every night of the month to complete the Holy book by the end of the month.

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