Local Muslim community observes Ramadan

Kara Dominick

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Muslims around the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan.

One young lady was the center of a special celebration here in western Massachusetts.

Nine-year-old Maherah Sheikh fasted for the first time on Friday.

Muslims fast from dawn until sunset during Ramadan.

“It’s really important to me because it just shows that I really really love my religion,” said Maherah Sheikh of Chicopee.

“The celebration; we all get together to encourage the kids growing up that they should be fasting too as soon as they reach that age,” said Syma Sheikh, Maherah’s mother.

About 50 people attended Maherah’s Friday night celebration.