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RAMADAN. For the duration of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar all Muslims are required to abstain during the daylight hours from eating any food, drinking any liquids, or engaging in sexual activity. Fasting (sawm; pl., siyam) means abstention; through heightened awareness of their own bodily needs Muslims come to greater awareness of the presence of God and acknowledge their gratitude for God's provisions in their lives. Abstinence during Ramadan, first prescribed in the se ...more

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