By Niraj Warikoo

DETROIT — Amid tensions abroad and closer to home, many Detroit-area Muslims are focusing on unity and peace this Ramadan season.

Starting Saturday at sunset, Muslims around the world will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which includes fasting, prayers and nightly dinners — known as iftars — with family and friends. For many in metro Detroit, it’s a time of spiritual improvement focusing on God’s message.

“Ramadan is supposed to be a month of peace, prayer, and patience,” said Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Mich. “Violence and terrorism has no space in any faith. … Greatness comes through peace and wisdom.” [Read more…]