Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. While fasting from dawn to sunset is obligatory for adult Muslims those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding are exempt. Here you can find a compilation of all DW content referring to Ramadan.
Philippine security forces have continued dropping bombs on Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi. Military officials have vowed not to let up the fight despite the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.