Between dawn and sunset, Muslims must refrain from eating food, drinking liquids, smoking and having sex. Fasting is obligatory once Muslims reach puberty However, children can fast if they wish.Those exempt from fasting include the elderly, the sick, people who are travelling, and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating. As well as fasting, Muslims try to refrain from bad behaviour During Ramadan, Muslims are also asked not to use swear words or talk about others behind their backs. Ramadan begins with the sighting of the crescent moon Muslims look for the crescent moon – or the hilal – to let them know the new month is beginning. Fasting Muslims have a meal before dawn and one after sunset The pre-dawn meal is called the suhoor, while the evening meal is known as the iftar.Missouri Politicians Introduce "All Lives Matter" Personhood Bill In a startling misappropriation of the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-reproductive rights politicians in Missouri started off the new year by introducing the so-called "All Lives Matter Act" - a bill designed to strengthen Missouri's already existing personhood law.The "All Lives Matter Act," sponsored by Republican state Representative Mike Moon, is one of several anti-reproductive rights proposals that will be considered in the state's 2016 legislative session....The deepest differences between Muslims and Westerners concern not politics but sexuality.Each side has a long history of looking at the other's sexual mores with a mixture of astonishment and disgust.(The term termagant sums up the surprising way Westerners saw Muslim women before the seventeenth century.) Here are some examples of customs and social attitudes from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head.
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With the iftar, the first food taken to break the day’s fast is usually dates, what Muhammad is believed to have taken to break fast. Muslims give more during Ramadan It is common for Muslims to give more money to charity – one of the Five Pillars of Islam – during Ramadan than in any other month of the year. Reading the Quran is encouraged Many Muslims read the Quran during the month of Ramadan, reciting the book as a special prayer. In some countries, there are penalties for breaking the fast Breaking the fast in public is considered a crime in some Muslim countries and offenders may be sent to prison.
In other countries, an offence is punishable with fines and community service. Ramadan is about cleansing the soul Muslims take part in the fast to bring them closer to God and to their community – the evening iftar meal is often shared with friends and family.
Fasting is about learning self-discipline and generosity. Fasting times vary throughout the world There are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, but they have vastly different fasting times during Ramadan because it follows the hours of daylight.
In Iceland, for example, there are more than 21 hours of daylight, while a daily fast in Australia might only be 11 hours.
Elected by a 327 to 214 majority vote, Bhandari succeeds Ram Baran Yadav, the country's first elected president following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008....