Iraqi Shia, Sunni Muslims start holy Ramadan together

Iraqi Shia, Sunni Muslims start holy Ramadan together

The office of Iraq's top Shia cleric, Ali al-Sistani, said in a brief statement on Wednesday that Thursday is the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The office of Iraq's top Shia cleric, Ali al-Sistani, said in a brief statement on Wednesday that Thursday is the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

According to a statement by the Sunni Endowment Diwan, Iraqi Sunnis will start fasting for Ramadan on Thursday as well, making Sunnis and Shia in the conflict-torn country start fasting on the same day for the first time in decades.

In decades past, Iraqi Shias started fasting for Ramadan a day after Sunnis.



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