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1. What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the name for the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a holy month for Muslims when they abstain from eating and drinking and any other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

2. When is Ramadan?

As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar sightings, Ramadan falls on different dates each year—these are summarised overleaf.

3. How long does Ramadan last ?
It lasts for approximately one month. The dates change every year and are based on the lunar calendar.

4. Why does Ramadan start on a different day each year?
This is because the dates are decided according to the Islamic calendar. The length of the day changes throughout the seasons.

5. Does fasting make you different within your community?
No we all have different religious views depending on the religion and Muslims shouldn’t be treated any differently during this period. They are still able to interact within our community

6. Should all Muslims fast?
Fasting is mandatory for every Muslim who is sane, adult, able and resident. The following exemptions apply to the insane; children who are not adolescent yet; the elderly and chronically ill for whom fasting is unreasonably strenuous; pregnant and nursing women (may postpone the fasting at a later time); the ill and travelers can also defer their fasting; Women during the period of menstruation or of post-childbirth confinement

7. Is fasting harmful when a woman is expecting a baby?
Must pregnant women fast? There's medical evidence to show that fasting in pregnancy is not a good idea. If a pregnant woman feels strong and healthy enough to fast, especially during the early part of the pregnancy, she may do so. If she doesn't feel well enough to fast, Islamic law gives her clear permission not to fast, and to make up the missed fasts later. If she is unable to do this, she must perform fidyah (a method of compensation for a missed act of worship).

8. What is Eid?
Muslims celebrate Eid twice a year. The first is known as Eid Al-Fitr. It marks the end of Ramadan and is celebrated with family members. It is similar to Christmas in many ways gifts are distributed and families have a big dinner together. The second is known as Eid Al-Adha. This is celebrated because it marks the end of the holy pilgrimage for Muslims known as Hajj. It is celebrated in the same mannerism and is generally two months after Eid-Al-Fitr.

9. Can you drink water during the fasting period?
No, this is not permitted. Things like chewing gum are also forbidden. There are also special rituals that should be followed if one wishes to ‘break the fast’ before sunset.

10. Does fasting have an effect on energy levels?
Fasting does not curb energy for productive work, except in the last few hours of the fast. It is encouraged to work or study as usual till 2 or 3 hours before sunset. Some practices include taking a short rest (siesta) after the second prayer of the day
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