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LI Muslims celebrate start of Ramadan

Morrow Habeeb and Seemi Ahmed pray just before

Morrow Habeeb and Seemi Ahmed pray just before breaking their fast during the Mulim holy month of Ramadan. Credit: Sally Morrow

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month observed by 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, including about 70,000 on Long Island began for some yesterday. While some Muslims began fasting during daylight hours Wednesday, others will start today, because of different interpretations of when the new moon appeared.

Ramadan is a time of purification and renewal during which Muslims give to charity, pray as much as possible, and treat others as kindly as they can,  said Habeeb Ahmed, who is chairman of the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury. Muslims are required to donate at least 2 1/2 percent of their income and assets, and many do so during the holy month.

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