Ramadan is a month-long fasting time for Muslims around the world that commemorates God’s revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. From sunrise to sunset, observant Muslims swear off not only all food and liquids, but also cigarette smoking and “marital relations.”
- Step 1: Eat a balanced dinner.
- Step 2: At the beginning of sunset, break your fast with a prayer, a sip of water or milk, and a date or other fruit.
- Step 3: Muslims usually gather at night to eat together and for special Taraweeh prayers, which celebrate the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
- Step 4: Repeat for 29 or 30 days, until the month ends with the three-day celebration of Eid al-Fitr.
- FACT: The last ten days of Ramadan are considered the most blessed days of the year.
- Step 5: Give extra charity, take time to read the Quran, and make sure to do the five daily prayers.
- TIP: When you feel uncomfortably hungry, use that moment to remember God and those who do not have enough to eat.
- Step 6: As Ramadan approaches, consult your local mosque or a reputable Web site to find out when Ramadan begins, as it varies from year to year.
- Step 7: For the first day of fasting, set your alarm to go off 20 minutes before the beginning of the prayer time, called al-fajr. Timings vary; consult www.islamicfinder.org for your locality. Eat a balanced breakfast.
- Step 8: At the beginning of sunrise—not when the sun has actually risen, but when the sky first starts to lighten on the horizon—stop all eating and drinking.
- Step 9: If possible, avoid strenuous exercise during the day while fasting.
- Step 10: Make your intention to fast for the entire month of Ramadan for the sake of God's pleasure.