- Title: Muslims in Afghanistan mark start of Ramadan
- Date: 27th May 2017
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BLUE MOSQUE IN DOWNTOWN KABUL / PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET VARIOUS OF SHOPKEEPER SELLING PICKLES (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SHOPKEEPER, HUMAYON HAIDARI, SAYING: "Ramadan is a blissful and honourable month for Muslims. I want Allah to grant peace and stability for our people in this holy month so our people can live a peaceful life." VARIOUS OF CHEFS MAKING JALEBIS (TYPE OF SWEETS) FOR RAMADAN'S EVENING IFTAR MEAL (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SHOPKEEPER, ABDUL RAZAQ, SAYING: "We are preparing these jalebis for our people. It has a good market during the Ramadan and people purchase this for breaking their fast." BUTCHER HANGING MEAT IN HIS SHOP VARIOUS OF BUTCHER CUTTING MEAT (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) KABUL RESIDENT, SADRUDDIN JAN, SAYING: "I came to buy some stuff for Ramadan but because the holy month is approaching, prices for everything have gone higher in Afghanistan." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOKING AT PRAYER BEADS VARIOUS OF MAN BUYING FRESH DATES VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF MOSQUE (AUDIO OF IMAM CALLING FOR PRAYER) VARIOUS OF MEN BREAKING THE FAST
- Embargoed: 10th June 2017 16:57
- Keywords: breaking the fast Kabul market before Ramadan Ramadan shopping Ramadan in Afghanistan
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IM5VEV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents in Kabul began their fast on the first day of Ramadan on Saturday (May 27) marking the beginning of the holy month observed by Muslims across the world.
Markets in the Afghan capital were busier than usual as people bought food and special treats for iftar, the time at sunset each evening when the fast is broken with a feast.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim (lunar) calendar, when the Koran was first revealed to Mohammad, according to Islamic doctrine.
The fasting month comes amid an upsurge in violence in the country. In eastern Khost province, a Taliban attacker detonated a car bomb near a football field that is close to a military base, killing as many as 14 people officials said.
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