Muslims around China have finished their first day of Ramadan after a long day without food and drink on Monday.
They are not allowed to eat or drink between sunrise and dusk during the Islamic holy month of fasting and spiritual reflection.
The practice is widely observed by ethnic minorities in China, including Uygur, Hui, Kazakh, Uzbek, Tajik and Kyrgyz.
Despite hunger, Wang Hong, a Muslim from northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, continues his work.
At the Middle Mosque of Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia, he was busy preparing watermelons for the Muslims visiting the mosque.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)WANG HONG, Muslim in Ningxia
“Today is the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. Many muslims came to the mosque for prayer. Oh Allah! Bless the food You have provided us.”
Many other believers also brought food and drinks to share.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE)YANG FAMING, Imam of Middle Mosque of Yinchuan
“We offered everyone who visited our mosque hot meals during the Ramadan no matter they are muslims or non-muslims. By doing so, we hope people could feel the Islam’s spirit of kindness.”
China has about 20 million Muslims living in almost all provinces and autonomous regions.