The rewards of fasting are many. But in the month of Ramadan, muslims believe they are multiplied.

The Great Mosque of Brussels, also a research centre that offers courses on Arabic and Islam 101
lies at the heart of the European district in the greenery of Parc Cinquantennaire and hidden among skyscrapers and coffee houses and endless construction, traffic and noise,
Brussels' muslims, mostly second and third generation Moroccans, come here to pray, reflect and
worship. And once the sun goes down, to eat and talk and offer kind words of prayer and encouragement to each other.

Outside, locals jog in the park or sit on the grass to picnic, or drink beer and pastis on the roadsidebars, for the most part oblivious to the serious spiritual reflection going on inside.

Texte by Rose Kelleher

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