What’s different about Ramadan for you this year?

Melody Ng
Public Insight Network
Liban Karshe shared stories with a group of children before Iftar in Edina, Minn. Sept. 6, 2010. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan. (Photo by Jeffrey Thompson | Minnesota Public Radio News)

Liban Karshe shared stories with a group of children before iftar — the breaking of the daily Ramadan fast — in Edina, Minn., in September 2010. (Photo by Jeffrey Thompson | MPR News)

Sunrise-to-sundown fasting is what most non-Muslims associate with the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this week.

This year the holiday falls in the dead of summer — and the Olympic Games, which start next week in London, will happen entirely within the month of Ramadan.

That means the more than 3,000 Muslim athletes competing in London will be making decisions about how strictly to adhere to Islamic rules and traditions around food and water during the holiday.

If you mark this holy month, we want to know: how is Ramadan different for YOU this year? Are the long, sweltering days (it’s one of the hottest summers on record) –  a concern for you? Will your Ramadan be different this year because of changes in your personal circumstances (for example: moving, becoming a parent, switching jobs)?

Share your story and a photo and we may post them on our site or contact you to find out more.

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