Muslims in New York celebrate first night of Ramadan

On Sunday evening, thousands of Muslims in New York marked the beginning of Ramadan, the holy fasting month, with a significant gathering in Times Square for the first Tarawih prayer. This special Ramadan evening prayer will be held nightly throughout the month.

The community also dedicated prayers to Gaza, currently enduring over five months of Israeli military action.

In addition, the first Tarawih prayer was observed at the American Religious Center, located a short drive from the capital, Washington. The mosque’s outer courtyard and garden were filled with worshippers.

Following the prayers, special supplications were made for the global Muslim community, with a focus on Gazans who have been subjected to intense Israeli bombardment since October 7, 2023.

The conflict has resulted in the deaths of nearly 31,000 Palestinians, predominantly women and children, and has injured over 72,500, amidst widespread destruction and shortages of essential supplies.

According to UN reports, the ongoing war has displaced 85% of Gaza’s population due to a severe blockade limiting access to food, clean water, and medical supplies. Additionally, 60% of the region’s infrastructure is reported as damaged or destroyed.

Israel is currently facing allegations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with a preliminary decision in January instructing Tel Aviv to halt any acts considered genocidal and to ensure civilians in Gaza receive necessary humanitarian aid.–Web Desk