Muslims make preparation for the new moon of Ramadan

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For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, July 24 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Afghan girls read the Quran during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in the city of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, July 22, 2011. Muslims from Morocco to Afghanistan are experiencing the toughest Ramadan in more than three decades with no food or drink, not even a sip of water, for 14 hours a day during the hottest time of the year.

Rahmat Gul, Associated Press

Our take: The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time set aside for repentance, is set to begin any day, as soon as the crescent moon is sighted. Once it begins, observant Muslims must fast, worship and pray during the daylight hours. For some, the month is spent trying eliminate bad habits, while for others its a time of focused prayer on a specific needs. However heightened spiritual awareness is the main goal of the 7 million Muslims living in the U.S.

With the approach of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a sign-up sheet is filling up at Masjid Al Sunnah, where members volunteer to bring meals each evening to break the daily fast.

The dishes will represent the cultural diversity of the primarily Middle Eastern, Caribbean and African-American community. Imam Mohamed Benkhaled's family will contribute traditional Moroccan dishes of chicken or beef and rice and salad.

Fazia Hassan, who is from Guyana, hasn't signed up yet, but in the past has taken pilau, a spiced rice dish with beef.

And Mazin Marie, of Palestinian heritage, said his family usually covers a couple of nights during the holy month, bringing chicken, fish or lamb, rice, soup, salads and dessert.

Read more about Ramadan begins on TampaBay.com.

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