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Every year in the month of Ramadan,1 all Muslimsfast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual   relations.

Although the fast is beneficial to health, it is regarded principally as a method of spiritual self-purification.  By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fastingperson gains true sympathy with those who go hungry, as well as growth in his or her spiritual life.

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  1. The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (which is lunar, not solar)

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