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The fourth annual Ramadan Festival is underway in Leicester, with up to 15,000 people expected to attend the four-day event, which ends on Sunday.
The festival includes Islamic arts exhibitions, prayer facilities and about 60 stalls selling a variety of foods, clothes and gifts. It's all to celebrate the Holiest time in the Muslim calendar.
The event is still open until midnight, so as many people as possible are able to collectively break their fasts.
Young Muslim volunteers have been raising money for Syrian refugees by running a cake delivery service.
The 'Cakes for Syria' campaign is taking place throughout the month of Ramadan and they have already exceeded their £25,000 target.
The West Midlands alone has sold 1741 cakes with £8.705 raised so far for the campaign.
Cakes can be ordered by calling anytime the Cakes4Syria call centre on 01274 952144 or texting 07511724372 (12 noon - 8pm).
Cakes cost £10 with £5 going towards Islamic Relief's Syria appeal.
Deliveries take place on Sundays and Thursdays until 27 or 28 July which heralds the end of Ramadan.
People at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester, were donating food for the homeless during the holy month of Ramadan.
Community leader, Zuli Hassam, explained the project and said:
We are packaging essential items, both food and non-food items, all of which are going into boxes that have been donated by members of our community. Some items have been procured through donations that we have received and this is all an effort that we are engaging in for the month of Ramadan.
Children were also among those volunteering to pack boxes for the homeless and one young boy said how people were working together:
It's a really good way to bring the community together and everyone's involved so its a really good way for the community to do good things for others too.
Another volunteer, a young girl, said it was great to help others less fortunate:
I thought it was a great cause to be helping others. so it's good to help others that are less fortunate than us. So as you can see everyone's working as a team together, so it's great to be able to help those that don't have stuff that we take for granted.
24-hours after more than 100,000 Imams urged British Muslims not to fight in Syria, Muslim community leaders said only a small minority are being radicalised.
Today, people at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester, were donating food for the homeless during the holy month of Ramadan.
Volunteers at the centre said Islam is a peaceful religion and say the faith has been demonised by recent events.
Zuli Hassam, leader at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester said:
This is a small group of people who have chosen something - either because they have been radicalised in this way or they have been manipulated - but they are a very small minority. The majority of Muslims are peace-loving, law-abiding citizens who care for each other and who care for society.
Hasina Kassam, who volunteers at the centre, spoke of how extremism has given people a false perception of Muslims and said:
It's very sad, it's all misunderstood and unfortunately we all get labelled with one brush. But we're part of the Ismaili community and the Aga Khan is our spiritual leader. We're all into humanity, we all want to serve one another, we're all regarded as brothers and sisters. There's no division.
Muslims in Leicester will be packing up aid parcels today for a local homeless charity as part of Ramadan celebrations.
350 people supported by Action Homelessness will receive a parcel containing toothpaste, shampoo and some food.
Shehnaaz, one of the volunteers said
Voluntary service is a long standing tradition in the Ismaili Muslim community and a value which we have grown up with. I feel very privileged and excited to take part in the Share a Smile campaign.
Families at Birmingham Cannon Hill Park's Eid Mela celebration have said more and more people from other communities as well as Muslims are attending the event each year.
One man told ITV Central how he thinks of it now as the "England Mela", not the Asian Mela, adding: "Every community comes here and we're happy."
Stalls, live music and other activities filled Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park for an Eid Mela celebration marking the end of fasting during Ramadan.
Thousands of people descended on the park for the event, which featured the music of top UK and international Asian music stars among other activities.
Thousands of people are expected to crowd into Birmingham's Canon Hill Park to celebrate the end of fasting during Ramadan.
The Eid Mela celebration, which starts at 12.30pm, will feature the sounds of top international and UK Asian artists.
As well as marking the end of the fast, the family event is designed to highlight the diversity of the Muslim community in Birmingham, through music, food and sport.
Muslims in the Midlands who have diabetes are advised to speak to their GP if they decide to fast during Ramadan.
The British Medical Journal has found in a recent study that the change in the eating patterns of Muslims during Ramadan significantly increases the risk of blood sugar problems.
Dr Ather Hussain said: “Islam is very clear, that if a person feels that their illness will prolong or become more severe as a result of fasting, then he or she is exempt from that, and they can fast at a later date. So it is best to get advice from their local GP.”