On Tuesday evening, Muslim New Zealanders gathered after the sun set for the beginning of Ramadan, while others around the world prepared to celebrate the month under Covid-19 restrictions, Stuff reports. Ramadan, a sacred month for Muslims, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon. The calendar has 354 days, which is why Ramadan starts at different times each year and only after the new moon has been sighted. According to Imam Muhammed Shaakir, while other countries still have restrictions on gatherings, Muslim New Zealanders will be able to attend the daily prayers at mosques around the country, which is important for community support.
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