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Michigan Hosts First Ramadan Market

The organizer says she’d seen Christmas markets in the area, but never a Ramadan market, so she created one

Being a very important month in the Islamic lunar calendar, many Muslim families anticipate the holy month of Ramadan with special decorations, lanterns, food, and Islamic attire.

In light of this, Fatima Siddiqui is holding a Michigan Ramadan Market on Saturday, March 19, to help Michigan Muslims welcome the holy month.

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The market will feature a lineup of all Muslim business owners selling decorations, food, henna and more to honor the holy month of Ramadan.

“It’s to try to promote all of these Muslim businesses in Michigan in a festive way that welcomes the month of Ramadan,” Siddiqui, the owner of Flowing Script, an Arabic and English calligraphy business, told Detroit’s NPR Station.

“It’s saying to Muslims ‘We are here. We created all of these Ramadan decorations for you.’”

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The market will feature wares from more than 20 vendors for Ramadan decorations, Islamic clothing for women, and specialized greeting cards.

“We feel more seen as Muslims and we feel like Ramadan is becoming common knowledge,” Siddiqui added.

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Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar. Ramadan this year will run from April 2 to May 2 in the United States.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint, and good deeds.