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What Is Ramadan?

What Is Ramadan? What: Millions of Muslims began observing Ramadan, the ninth and most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, on Monday. What happens: It is a monthlong period when Muslims, from sunrise to sunset, abstain from eating, drinking and other physical needs, such as smoking or sex. At least two meals a day are eaten: suhoor, before dawn, and iftar, at dusk. Why: The fast is intended to purify the soul, bring the faithful closer to God, remind them of the suffering of those...

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