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Muslims in Wales celebrate final days of Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan Muslims across Wales have been fasting during daylight hours.

During Ramandan teams of volunteers come together to prepare and serve food.

Ramadan ends when the new moon is spotted in the sky, which means it changes depending on where you are in the world. But in the UK, it's expected to be this Friday evening.

In Cardiff, groups of volunteers are making sure that when it is finally time to eat, there's lots of food available for everyone - no matter their faith - to enjoy.

The month of Ramadan is a month of giving, and providing, and the Mosque provides as much food to anybody who choses to come to the Mosque.

We have people who are homeless and need food, people who just don't get three main meals because they can't afford it so the Mosque is very open in that sense and goes back to the sense of giving within Islam.

– Mohammed Alomgir Ahmed, Community Outreach Manager

What is Ramadan?

  • Takes place during the ninth month of the Muslim year, where strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset.
  • Fasting during Ramadan is one of the so-called five pillars, or obligations described in Islamic texts, which many Muslims follow.
  • Certain people such as children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly, anyone who is sick and anyone travelling on a journey is exempt.
  • Those participating then break their fast at sundown with a communal “Iftar” meal.
  • Ramadan is not all about fasting. There is also a heavy emphasis on the concept of “sadaqah” or voluntary giving and good deeds to help others.

The festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr - meaning 'breaking of the feast' - marks the end of Ramadan in Islam.

Like Ramadan, when Eid is celebrated depends on when the new moon is spotted, so celebrations in Wales will take place this weekend.

Funeral for Blackwood woman killed in Tunisia attack

A funeral will be held later for Trudy Jones after she was killed in the Tunisian beach massacre.

Trudy Jones was on holiday when a gunman opened fire at the popular beach resort. Credit: Gwent Police

The 51-year-old grandmother from Blackwood was gunned down in the Tunisian beach massacre that claimed the lives of 30 Britons.

A national minute's silence was held last week to remember the victims of the attack at the beach resort.

An inquest heard that Trudy Jones died from 'a single gunshot wound to her neck and chest.'

Her family have described her as their 'rock' and say that she was 'always willing to help others.'


Tunisia hero leaves hospital just 12 days after being shot three times

Matthew James was shot three times protecting his fiance Saera Wilson Credit: Saera Wilson

A hero who acted as a human shield for his fiancée in the Tunisia terror attack left hospital today - just 12 days after being shot three times.

Mathew James, 30, threw his body over fiancee Saera Wilson, 26, as he was shot by the IS terrorist gunman.

Engineer Mathew pushed Saera away and told her: "I love you babe. But just go - tell our children that their daddy loves them."

The father-of-two was saved by Tunisian surgeons who brought him back from the dead after his heart stopped on the operating table.

Matthew and Saera enjoying their holiday before the terror attack. Credit: Saera Wilson

He was flown back to Britain by a specialist air ambulance team two days later to recover in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was discharged today.

After the attack Saera said: "He took a bullet for me. I owe him my life because he threw himself in front of me when the shooting started."

Prime Minister David Cameron said he had been "moved" by his brave and "courageous" actions.

Matthew has left hospital just 12 days after being shot three times Credit: Saera Wilson

Gas engineer Mathew and Saera from Pontypridd, South Wales, thanked the British public for all the support and kind messages they have received since returning to the country.

In a joint message they said: "We would like to thank all the medical staff at the hospital for the treatment and care I am receiving."

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