In Cairo and throughout the Muslim world, the annual fast of Ramadan is being observed.?
GV Azhar Mosque in Cairo
LV and CU People sitting at empty tables in restaurant before sunset. (3 shots)
CU Cafe owner preparing soft drinks.
LV Cafe at sunset.
SV Soft drinks being poured and sold.
SV and CU people eating at tables, food being served. People drinking soft drinks. (4 shots)
SV INTERIOR Behera Folk Troupe performing on stage, music and dancing, with band playing and audience watching (4 shots)
CU and SV Tambourine players and comedy act on stage. (2 shots)
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Background: In Cairo and throughout the Muslim world, the annual fast of Ramadan is being observed. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of faith that binds all Islamic peoples, and nothing is permitted to prevent its strict observance. President Sadat of Egypt recently (7-8 August) waited until darkness to hold crucial talks with the united States Secretary of State Mr. Cyrus Vance...As a Muslim he was reluctant to undertake official engagements during the day. But after dark, Muslims can break their fast
SYNOPSIS: The Azhar Mosque in Cairo, and as sunset approaches, the day-long abstinence from food and drink nears an end. For a whole month, Muslims eat and drink only during the hours of darkness. it is the holy ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar.
At dusk, attention turn from the mosques to the cafes, where soft drinks and food re prepared for Iftar, the breakfast. The month of day-time fasting and other disciplines is a period of atonement. It ranks in importance with four other pillars of Islam: the profession of faith, frequent prayer, the payment of an annual tax and the pilgrimage to Mecca.
At night, the strict daily routines are relaxed, and light entertainment may help the faithful more easily endure the fasting. But all eating and drinking must end by dawn.
The entertainment troupes remain strictly nocturnal until a trustworthy witness reports that the new moon has been sighted, but as this act shows Muslims are not required to abstain from their enjoyment of comedy.