Central New York

Celebrating peace this Ramadan

By Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News ) — Ramadan: the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset.

The Muslim holiday is known for fasting, but those celebrating in Central New York also use this time to grow closer to God and celebrate peace.

Earlier this week on the first day of Ramadan, President Trump wished Muslims a “joyful” holiday and said, “America will always stand with our partners against terrorism and the ideology that fuels it, during this month of Ramadan, let us be resolved to spare no measure so that we may ensure that future generations will be free of this scourge and able to worship and commune in peace.”

Trump’s comments didn’t bother Muslim’s in Syracuse. Yusuf Soule said that radical Islam isn’t a real concept, “there’s really no such thing as radical Islam, are there some radical people who are Muslims, certainly, but Islam itself are peace and submission to God’s will.”

At the Islamic Community of Central New York, they are holding services at all six of the Ramadan prayer times; Fajr, Sunrise, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha’a.

A member of the community, Magda Bayoumi, said she feels safer in Syracuse than other places in the country. “We’re not getting as much hate as people in New York City or Alabama or Utah or places that they really forgot the basis of their own religion, not just Islam but Christianity and Judaism,these are people that have lost their own faith.”

This years Ramadan will end on Saturday June 24.