Not Even Water?


Learn more about the Muslim month of Ramadan, how you can help a fasting Muslim and why Muslims don't eat or drink anything - not even water!

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What is Ramadan?


Ramadan (also spelled Ramadaan/Ramazan) is the 9th month of the Muslim lunar calendar and is often known as the month of fasting. Fasting in this month means abstaining from food, drink, smoking and intimate relations with one's spouse between the hours of sunrise and sunset. Fasting is compulsory for all Muslims except small children (until puberty), the elderly, pregnant mothers, those who are sick or afflicted with mental illness. It's also a month of spiritual reflection and a time when Muslims are encouraged to strengthen the bonds of kinship and increase their acts of charity for the benefit of others. And all this without eating or drinking!

Not even water?

Yes, not even water


The whole idea of fasting is to remove the focus from life's pleasures and to empathise with others who are less fortunate. Fasting is a means of regulating the body's desires and to nourish the soul through charity, worship and an improved spiritual connection with God. Water is a beautiful, basic human necessity but so many people around the world do not have access to adequate clean water. By placing ourselves in their situation, we build a greater, more sincere appreciation for all of life's bounties bestowed upon us - especially water!

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Ramadan at a glance


Moon Sighting

Ramadan starts and ends upon sighting of the new moon.

Fasting Times

Muslims fast anywhere between 10-20 hours depending on location.

Importance

Fasting is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.

Charity

Ramadan is a month to be immensely charitable.

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