Today marks the start of Ramadan, following the sighting of the moon over Mecca.
Ramadan is a month of fasting and refraining from anything considered to be impure for the mind and body.
Sawm is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and the Arabic word for ‘fasting’. Although fasting occurs elsewhere in the Islamic calendar, it is primarily associated with the month of Ramadan for the month-long fast.
Sawm takes place every day from sunrise to sunset. The sunset and the start of Maghrib prayers mark the end of the day’s fast. It is traditional to break the fast by eating dates, a proven healthy snack, before Iftar (evening meal), which is normally eaten with friends and family.
Ramadan Mubarak ??