Kuzey News Agency
Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, offers social and economic benefits for Muslims around the world. Hungary, host of a minority Muslim population, is one of them.
The daiy fasting duration takes almost 20 hours in the central European country, but Muslims have enjoyed a Ramadan that cements social ties among them.
The mosque in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, the Martyr Isa Omer Mosque, is the center where Hungarian Muslims come together and share the fast-breaking iftar dinner.
As recommended by Prophet Muhammed, Muslims fist break their fast with water or persimmon and then perform the evening prayers after dinner.
Despite the long hours of fasting, Hungarian Muslims continue to practice the divine duty.
Islam is an officially recognized religion by the Hungarian authorities.
Apart from Budapest, Muslims in the towns such as Debrecen, Gyor and Siklos have enjoyed the spirit of Ramadan in the little mosques that serve as a meeting point for them.
Today, the Hungarian Muslim community is composed of those who converted to Islam after the regime change and immigrant Muslims. It is estimated that nearly one thousand people have become Muslim after communist regime ended.
The Hungarian Muslim Association was founded in 1930 to bring the Muslims in the country together and help them to overcome their problems in practicing Islam. The association was closed by communists and following the collapse of communist regime, it was reopened in 1988.
The activities of the Hungarian Muslim Association are generally devoted to Hungarian Muslims. Dr. Abdurrahman Minhalifi, the head of association is of Hungarian origin. The mission of the association is on the one hand to create social harmony for Hungarian Muslims and on the other hand to offer the necessary information for non-Muslims to get introduced to Islamic values and lifestyle.Last Mod: 18 Temmuz 2014, 15:41