RTÉ has turned down calls by a prominent Muslim scholar in Ireland to broadcast a call to prayer for the next month to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period each day.

The ninth month of the Muslim year, Ramadan begins on Monday and more than a billion Muslims around the world do not eat or drink between dawn and sunset.

In Ireland it coincides with the longest days of the year. Muslim rise daily at at about 2.30am for the Suhur meal. Their next meal, Iftar, takes place at about 10pm. However, the times vary on a daily basis.

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