By Mudar Abdulghani
November 23, 2002
MEXICO CITY, November 23,2002 (IslamOnline) - Muslims in Mexico started
observing the holy month of Ramadan on
Some Muslims determined the date based on
information received from Islamic countries,
while others used information received from
adjacent countries, mainly the USA.
The moon sighting information from abroad
concurred with information received from the
Observatory of the UNAM (the Autonomous
University of Mexico.)
As normal, the Taraweeh prayer started
immediately on the night before Ramadan, and
was well-attended by members of the small
Muslim community of Mexico City.
The Islamic Center has planned and
implemented a beneficial educational and
worship program for the Muslims.
Regular classes of Quran are given before
the Maghrib prayer.
After the Iftar (break of the fast),
there is another interesting class about the
life of the Prophet, peace be upon him.
The fasting starts approximately at 5:30
AM, and continues until about 6 PM.
Since this is a non-Muslim country,
Muslims have to keep their regular schedule
of work or study, which is from about 9 AM
to 5 PM.
Despite this long duration, very few are
complaining from fatigue.
The climate in Mexico city is moderately
cold nowadays, and this makes the fast more
The collective Iftar is a good occasion
for gathering the Muslims of various
nationalities: Arab, Pakistani, as well as
an increasing number of Mexican Muslims.
The warm display of brotherhood could
account for several new converts (five in
the first 10 days of Ramadan,) who have been
impressed by the world of Islam and the
genuine feelings of brotherhood among
Muslims from different races.
Some non-Muslims have been invited to the
collective iftar, and it was a good chance
to experience the warmth of the Muslim
community, and the brotherly atmosphere
that’s ready to welcome any stranger in a
The number of those attending the
collective Iftar and taraweeh varies between
20-50 everyday, which shows how small the
Muslim community in the city is.
Many Muslims find it hard to join these
collective activities, due to the fact that
they live very far.
With Mexico City being one of the largest
in the world, some Muslims have to travel
for one or two hours in order to reach the
A number of Muslims explained that this
Ramadan has a better feeling than last year,
with more attendance at the Center, and more
organized activities that give the Muslims a
chance for education as well as worship.
Some new converts expressed excitement at
joining such a busy program, and enjoying
Ramadan with their newfound brothers and