Muslims around the world began observing the holy month of Ramadan this past week. Many will fast from dawn to dusk for the entire month, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims believe the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed during this month.
The streets of east Dearborn, as in many places around the world, come alive every night at dusk, as thousands fill restaurants, cafes and bakeries to break their fasts, celebrate and watch popular television drama series from the Middle East shown exclusively during Ramadan. Observant Muslims also take part in special prayer services at area mosques throughout the month. From now until Eid al-Fitr, which will fall at the end of September or beginning of October, the lives of many Muslims will revolve around deep focus on family, community and spiritual expression. See our special Ramadan supplement for more on the holy month. The above photo shows the many delectable offerings from Shatila Bakery in Dearborn.