For many Muslims in Frankfurt this time of fasting has great spiritual significance: through reflection and self-denial the aim is to rethink and intensify their relationship with god and other people. The evening celebrations after sunset are often linked with invitation to friends and family, colleagues and neighbours. “We ask neighbours, employers and colleagues to show understanding for the special significance of this Muslim fast and for the associated daily routine. Communication, interaction and understanding are the fundamental building blocks for people of different origins and religions to live together,” says Feldmann.
Eskandari-Grünberg adds: “By all dealing in an understanding fashion with the religious reflection of practising Muslims over the next four weeks, we are contributing to a climate of respect and tolerance in Frankfurt am Main.” Symbolically representing acceptance of the many invitations sent to the head of the integration department and the mayor, they attended the breaking of the fast in the Abu-Bakr Mosque on 8th August. This year Ramadan began on Friday 20th July and ends on Sunday 19th August. It is not possible to state a precise number of Muslims living in Frankfurt.
A figure of around 70,000 people can be derived from the population statistics based on predominantly Islamic countries of origin. This, however, does not allow any conclusions to be drawn as to religious affiliation.