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There are many holidays celebrated in the Islamic religion. One
very important holiday is Ramadan. For more than a billion Muslims around the
world, Ramadan is a month of blessing. Many holidays have been commercialized,
such as, “Christmas.” Ramadan maintains its devotion to self-sacrifice and
to Allah (God). Ramadan is believed
to be the month when the Holy Quran was revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad.
The Holy Quran is the Muslim’s Holy Book. Ramadan is also important because it
is the month in which the Muslims fast to achieve one of their spiritual goals.
During Ramadan Muslims must fast from dawn to sunset everyday. That means
you may not eat, drink (including water), or smoke during the daylight hours.
For married adults, it also includes refraining from marital relations during
the hours of fasting. The people who are fasting are expected to do their best
to have self-control, discipline, avoid getting angry, and refrain from using
foul language. They are also not allowed to insult people, they must tolerate
and they are supposed to forgive and respect others.
Young children, old, or sick people are not expected to fast. Usually
children don’t start fasting until they are twelve. Elderly people may give
poor people food for everyday they do not fast. The people that are sick may
compensate by fasting other days when they feel better. Children are allowed to
fast if they are strong enough, physically, to tolerate fasting without
During Ramadan, in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during
the daylight hours. Usually Muslim families get up early to eat suhoor,
which is a meal before the sun rises. When the sun sets they eat a meal know as iftar.
Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drink that give a little energy boost.
While the Muslims are fasting they are reminded of the suffering of the poor. In
the most sacred month, fasting helps them feel the peace that comes from