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According to government statistics, Venezuela has three hundred thousand Muslims. Most of the Muslims have come from Middle Eastern countries including Syria, Lebanon and Iran.
These days, Muslims are celebrating the fasting month of Ramadan. They abstain from food from dawn to dusk to try to purify themselves both physically and spiritually. Muslims also go to mosques to say prayers and ask for God’s forgiveness and blessing. Ramadan generates curiosity among Venezuelans who follow other religions. They come to Muslim communities to get a better understanding of Islamic values and traditions. Iran's Ambassador to Venezuela tells us about the occasion. In Caracas, the country's capital city, people from all religions come to Muslim sheiks to be taught about the holy Qur’an and Islamic values. A former advisor of late President Hugo Chavez tells us about the valuable contribution of the Muslim community to Venezuela. Thousands of Middle Eastern immigrants have been coming to this country over the past decades and Islam has become one of the most followed religions, after Catholicism. Coexistence between Muslims and non Muslims in Venezuela, has allowed native citizens to learn that Ramadan isn't only about abstaining from food, but a practice that promotes spirituality.