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Mon October 24, 2005
Ramadan Reflects Islamic Faith in Kansas City
Kansas City, MO – Muslims began fasting from dawn to dusk earlier this month when a new crescent moon signaled the start of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month. The month-long holiday commemorates the time 1500 years ago that Muslims believe the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. The faithful try to be especially pious this month and refrain from food, drink, smoking and sex - all the sensual pleasures - during daylight.
Here in Kansas City, in a quiet classroom at the Islamic School of Greater Kansas City, two local teenagers told Sylvia Maria Gross about how the holiday affects their daily lives.