Muslims in China observe holy month of Ramadan through fasting and prayer

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Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan. This includes those in the Xinjiang Region, home to China’s largest Muslim population.

CGTN’s Meng Qingsheng travelled to Xinjiang’s largest mosque.

Muslims in China observe holy month of Ramadan through fasting and prayer

Muslims around the world are observing Ramadan. This includes those in the Xinjiang Region, home to China's largest Muslim population. CGTN's Meng Qingsheng travelled to Xinjiang's largest mosque.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. There are usually more people choosing to pray at mosques in comparison to normal days. The spiritual discipline allows them to curb negative thoughts and emotions, like jealousy and anger.

Usually, it’s compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty.

“Ramadan is an important event of the year for Islamic followers, but there are exemptions, like those with illnesses, during pregnancy and with breastfeeding demands. Only people in those circumstances do not have to fast. The government at all levels here has safeguarded lawful religious activities, and protects people’s religious choices,” Aierken Simayi of the Tianshan Ethnic and Religious Affairs Buraeu explained.

Fasting starts with a meal before sunrise, and then after 16 hours of abstinence, comes another. It’s a moment to reflect on God’s generosity.

There are about 20 million Muslims in China, with half of them in Xinjiang. As a religious practice, they are among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, observing the holy month.