all over the world observe fasting from sunrise to sunset during the month of
Ramadan (Ninth month of the Islamic calendar),
every year. Besides completely abstaining from eating, drinking and having sex
with spouses during the fasting hours, they also avoid loose talk or harsh words
during their fast.
elderly, the sick, travelers, nursing mothers, pregnant women and women during
their menstrual cycles are exempted from fasting. They are required to compensate
for their lost days of fasting, by observing those many fasts later.
is an exercise to gain self control.
had prescribed fasting for all the other religions before Islam, but they
have either forgotten it altogether or have reduced it to mere symbolism.