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    Belgium’s Muslims break Ramadan fast

    Tuesday will mark the end of Ramadan for Belgium's Muslims. Credit: Belga

    Tuesday will mark the end of the month of Ramadan for the Muslim Community of Belgium, the Executive of Muslims of Belgium (EMB) said Monday.

    Eid Al Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking Fast, will on June 4 bring to a close a month-long, dawn to dusk fast for members of Belgium’s second-largest religious community.

    The EMB made the announcement after a meeting of the Council of theologians on Monday.

    “May this holiday be the occasion of a moment of sharing, joy and solidarity with the poor,” the EMB said in a statement.

    Ramadan, which takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, is a religious holiday observed by Muslims the world over.

    It is a period of prayer, during which observing members —with the exception of children, pregnant women or the elderly—are not allowed to eat, drink, smoke or have sexual relations from dawn until sunset.

    The Brussels Times