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Muslim-majority Indian-controlled Kashmir marks arrival of Ramadan

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Indian-Controlled Kashmir

Muslims in the Indian-controlled Kashmir are observing the holy month of Ramadan with religious fervor after two years of the pandemic and lockdowns.

Markets in the Himalayan region are thronged by people these days after multiple COVID-19 lockdowns devastated the local economy.

Muslims across the globe eagerly await this holy month of fasting every year as it brings opportunities for them to focus on prayer, devotion to God, self-restraint, and engage in charity.

Like other parts of the world, Muslim-majority Indian-controlled Kashmir also transforms during this holy month. Markets are flooded with Ramadan-special delicacies and people in large numbers throng mosques and shrines.

After grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns for two years, this year's Ramadan has brought a big cheer to people in the region.

The key activity for Muslims is daily fasting during this sacred month, and the fast begins soon after pre-dawn meals till dusk.

Kashmir is a Muslim-majority region with more than 8.5 million Muslims. The religion of Islam was introduced here by a Persian scholar Mir Syed Ali Hamadani in the 14th century. Ever since Islam has grown leaps and bounds in this region.

Charity groups across the conflict-torn region have also geared up and are doing their best to help the weaker section of the society, making sure they are not left out.

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