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The Fast of Ramadan Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran was sent down from heaven a guidance unto men a declaration of direction and a means of Salvation It is during this month that Muslims fast It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives It is a time of worship and contemplation During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends The fast is resumed the next morning According to the Holy Quran One may eat and drink at any time during the night until you can plainly distinguish a white thread from a black thread by the daylight then keep the fast until night The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by five things - the telling of a lie slander denouncing someone behind his back a false oath greed or covetousness These are considered offensive at all times but are most offensive during the Fast of Ramadan During Ramadan it is common for Muslims to go to the Masjid Mosque and spend several hours praying and studying the Quran In addition to the five daily prayers during Ramadan Muslims recite a special prayer called the Taraweeh prayer Night Prayer The length of this prayer is usually 2-3 times as
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