Pew Research Center survey: 93% Muslims fast during Ramadan


Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, meaning it is among the core rituals of the faith.

A recent Pew Research Center survey of more than 38,000 Muslims around the world shows widespread observance of Ramadan. In the 39 countries and territories surveyed, a median of 93% say they fast during the holy month. Fasting is the second-most observed of the Five Pillars, behind only belief in God and the Prophet Muhammad (median of 97%).

By comparison, a median of 77% of Muslims in those 39 countries say they give zakat (an annual donation of a portion of one’s wealth to the needy). And a global median of 63% of Muslims surveyed say they perform five salat (prayers) a day. A median of just 9% of Muslims say they have already completed the hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), although this once-in-a-lifetime obligation applies only to those who are financially and physically capable…. continue reading at

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  1. “There will come a time upon the people when nothing will remain of Islam except its name only and nothing will remain of the Quran except its inscription. Their mosques will be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance. Their divines will be the worst people under the heaven and strife will issue from and avert to them.”
    (Mishkatul Masabih, Kitabul Ilm)

  2. I am sad to read that only 63% of Muslims surveyed are saying their five daily prayers. Fasting without praying is more like starving. May Allah guide his Ummah (community) to the right path. I am glad an the other hand to note that 93% fast and that 97% are believing in Islam in the correct way. These figures are much better than a similar survey would show for instance among those calling themselves Christians

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