South Korean Mosques Full in Ramadan

IslamOnline – South Korean Mosques Full in Ramadan

 Like other communities of their faith around the globe, Muslims in South Korea observe the holy fasting month of Ramadan by flocking to mosques every day for prayers and Qur’an recitation.

Every evening, after the breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast, the Central Masjid in the heart of Seoul draws hundreds of worshippers from all ages, Koreans or foreigners, the Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday, September 11.

…However, the joy of Ramadan is sometimes marred. “My friends ask me why I’m not eating anything these days, so I tell them I’m on a diet,” says Ahn Tae-hwan, a 15-year-old middle school student.

Sung Ju-young, 25, finds it difficult to make his friends understand why he cannot eat pork or drink alcohol whenever they are hanging out.

Many of his friends are left to think that he is simply allergic.Ali Ahmad, a 31-year-old Egyptian studying at Seoul National University, notes that the people of Korea do not seem to know much about Islam.

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