Local Muslims observe Ramadan

When members of the Islamic Center of Muncie assemble tonight, the gathering will be more than just another carry-in dinner. Rather, the event will be the local mosque's weekly communal meal during Ramadan, at which members gather to break that day's fast.

During the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan - which this year falls between Nov. 17 and Dec. 16 - all Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset, according to the information from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

"Normally, food is our basic need," said A. Faiz Rahman, a member of the local center and a teacher at Ball State University. Going without is supposed to remind Muslims of God, while also teaching discipline and
prompting people to feel for and help the needy…