People walk on the first day of the month of fasting Ramadan in the historic Sultanahmet district of Istanbul on Wednesday, May 1
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world began fasting on Thursday from sunrise to sunset for the month of Ramadan, a time of contemplation, fortitude and intense worship.  Here are some questions and answers about the holiest month of Islam and how it is observed:
WHY MUSLIM FAST?
Fasting is meant to bring the faithful closer to God through sacrifice, remembrance and increased spirituality. It should also be a month of gratitude in which believers are reminded of the suffering of the less fortunate.
Similar to detoxification, fasting is the most difficult at the beginning, especially when habits such as caffeine and cigarettes are encountered during smoking
Islam encourages believers to free themselves from worldly pleasures and their deeds To concentrate thoughts and actions.
Fasting is seen as a way to purify both physically and mentally. Muslims often donate to charities and feed the hungry during the month. Many spend more time in mosques during Ramadan and use their downtime to recite Quran.
HOW MUSLIMS QUICKLY?
Muslims have to eat, drink or smoke every day from morning to night for the entire lunar month, about 30 days. A single swig of water or a pull of a cigarette is enough to refute the fast.
Intercourse is also banned during all-day fasting, and Muslims are encouraged to avoid gossip and hassles.
To prepare for fasting, Muslims wake up at night for a meal before dawn called "Suhoor". Often, the small meal will include vegetables and fruits, tea, yogurt, dates and power food like beans and lentils. In many cities of the Muslim world, volunteers awaken the faithful to Suhoor by marching through the streets of early dawn and beating drums.
HOW DO THE MUSLIMS FASTER?
Muslims traditionally break their fast The Prophet Muhammad did about 1400 years ago with a sip of water and some data at sunset. After sunset prayers, a big festival known as "Iftar" is shared with family and friends. Iftar is both a social event and a gastronomic adventure. In the Arab world, apricot juice is an Iftar staple. Yoghurt-based drinks are popular in South Asia and Turkey.
Every night in Ramadan, mosques and relief organizations set up tents and tables for the public to receive free Iftar meals.
CAN MUSLIMS BE EXCLUDED FROM QUICK? 19659019] Children, the elderly and the sick are excluded, as are women who are pregnant, nursing or menstruating. Even travelers, even those who participate in tournaments outside the home, are freed from fasting.
Muslims living in the northern hemisphere will last particularly long days this year, with the sun setting at 21:00. in cities like London. For those living further north, Muslim scholars advise fasting to stick to the time zones of the nearest city or Muslim-majority country.
HOW TO ANSWER MUSLIM MAJOR AFFAIRS RAMADAN:
Many Muslim majority countries restrict the sale of alcohol during the month of Ramadan and limit when it can be sold and to whom. In some countries, people who eat in public during the day can be fined or even jailed, although non-Muslim Ramadan etiquette is often a personal choice and not enforced by the police.
For example, in the United Arab Emirates, which has large Western emigrants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, restaurants use curtains to hide customers who eat during the day. In Saudi Arabia, restaurants close by during the day.
WHAT ARE SOME RAMADAN TRADITIONS?
As soon as the beginning of the holy month is declared, Muslims give greetings like "Ramadan kareem" and "Ramadan mubarak"
Another feature of Ramadan is the nighttime prayer in the mosque among the Sunni Muslims "Tarawih".
The Egyptians have the tradition of the "Fanoos", a Ramadan lantern. This is often the centerpiece of an Iftar table or hangs in shop windows and on balconies. In the Arab Gulf states, affluent families have "majlis" in which they open their doors to people who go through food, tea, coffee, and conversation at any hour of the night.
Increasingly common, Ramadan tents in five star hotels are offering lavish and expensive meals from sunset to sunrise. While Ramadan is a blessing for retailers in the Middle East and South Asia, critics say the holy month is becoming increasingly commercialized.
Scholars have also been disturbed by the proliferation of evening television shows during Ramadan. In Pakistan, live game shows give gifts for their sponsors. In the Arab world, monthly soap operas make millions of dollars in advertising.
HOW SHOW MUSLIM THE END OF RAMADAN?
The end of Ramadan is marked by intense worship that Muslims seek for Prayers responded during "Laylat al-Qadr" or "The Night of Fate." This night, which falls during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, Muslims believe that God has sent the angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed the first verses of the Koran.
After these intense prayer nights, the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day holiday called Eid al-Fitr. Children often receive new clothes, gifts and cash.
Muslims attend early morning oaths on the day after Ramadan. Families typically spend the day in parks and eat in the sun for the first time in a month.
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