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Arab countries declare Ramadan begins Monday

Jamal Saidi / Reuters

A Darawish Sufi dancer performs a traditional dance to celebrate the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan during the Ajyalouna Festival in Beirut July 30. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

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Aaron Sadiki, 9, of Clearwater, right, prays at the St. Petersburg Islamic Center while his grandfather, Wilmore Sadiki, who is Imam of the mosque, leads the Friday prayer service. Ramadan will begin within the next couple of days, depending on the sighting of the moon. Some Muslims base the beginning of Ramadan on the moon sighting in Saudi Arabia. Sadiki said those attending the mosque will base it on when the moon is sighted in the United States. ''If they spot the moon Sunday, then we'll start Ramadan Monday morning,'' he said. ''If they spot it Saturday, then we'll start it Sunday morning.'' Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The time is meant to strengthen Muslim's spirituality and relationship with God.

My goodness, going without anything to drink during hot summer days must be difficult. Apparently Palestinians are tweaking their clocks to help make it through the long, hot daylight hours.

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