Ramadan is the holiest month in the year for Muslims. Muslims believed that during this holy month, God revealed the first verses of the Quran to Mohammed on a night recognised as ” The Night of Power” or “LayLat al-Qadr” in Arabic. This year, Ramadan starts in 26 May and lasts until 24 June 2017.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast everyday from dawn to dusk. They usually have a huge meal before dawn which is supposed to last them until sunset. Afterwards, they eat a light meal to finish off the day. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, thus all Muslims are required to participate in Ramadan.
There are special exceptions for Ramadan for those who are ill, nursing, menstruating, pregnant, traveling, the elderly and young children.
Ramadan is a time to be spiritually-disciplined by strengthening one’s relationship with God, praying more, being kind and generous and studying the Quran extensively.
In Thailand, Muslims make up the country’s largest religious minority. Most are concentrated in the southern provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun. It is believed that Islam was first introduced to the Malay Peninsula during the 13th century by Arab traders. The majority of Thai Muslims are of Malay descent, reflecting Thailand’s physical and cultural connection to Malaysia.
There are roughly 2,000 mosques in Thailand, about 173 of which are in Bangkok. Overall, Thai Muslims enjoy full state support and are free to practice their religion according to their own credo.
Once Ramadan finishes, Muslims celebrate with a big three-day feast called Eid al-Fitr, or “the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast”. This is when relatives, families and friends come together to eat, exchange presents and enjoy their time together.
Traditional Thai Muslim dishes include that can be found on a dining room table during Ramadan is Khao Mok Gai, the Thai version of chicken biryani. It has fragrant, spiced rice, slow-cooked meat and is served with sauce.
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