Indonesia: Transgender Muslims, known as waria, celebrate Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, a group of transgender Muslims in Indonesia meets regularly at the Al-Fatah Islamic school on the outskirts of the city of Yogyakarta to practice their faith. 

The Islamic school, or Pesantren, is a haven for waria -- transgender Indonesians who were assigned male at birth but feel that they have women's souls. Other worship centers in the country strictly separate women and men from each other during prayers, leaving the waria with few options for places to pray. The Al Fatah Pesantren was established by a waria named Maryani, to help fellow transgender Muslims gather and worship God freely. Read More