For Muslims in Germany, the fasting month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday evening. The fasting period, which has been celebrated at the same time by all Islamic associations since 2008, is one of the five pillars of Islam.
The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims, Aiman Mazyek, called on believers in Cologne on Monday to use Ramadan for worship and to work for peace."There must be no place for hatred, exclusion and racism in our society." On 15. June marks the end of Ramadan with Eid celebrations.
Fasting at the same time
Since 2008, the four Islamic associations that make up the Coordinating Council of Muslims have been celebrating Ramadan at the same time. According to its own information, they follow the basis developed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which is based on the earliest sighting of the new moon in the respective region.
In addition to the Central Council, the Turkish Islamic Association Ditib, the Association of Islamic Cultural Centers (VIKZ) and the Islamic Council are also members of the Coordination Council.
During the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslim believers are called upon to abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset. In the evening, they often meet with friends and relatives to break their fast together (Arabic: iftar).
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Children, the elderly and sick, pregnant women and travelers, as well as soldiers at war, would be exempt from the ban.