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.
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