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Ramadan...The Art of Fasting

Ramadan, the holiest month of the year according to Islam, is without a doubt described by many muslims as the hardest month of the year. Although the intentions of Ramadan are to fast for thirty rigorous days for Allah (god), the reason that muslims fast is because the month of Ramadan is believed to be the month when the holy Quran was sent from heaven to our prophet Muhammed. From then, the Quran has guided muslims through war when they desperately needed help. (Similar to how the Trojans depended on Apollo to guide them through war against the Greeks). Now, thirty days may seem hard, but it's actually ridiculously harder than most people think. Although the outcome of Ramadan is to acheive purity, to concentrate on faith, and to lose a of weight (the last one was a joke), people who fast just can't help thinking how they're going to get through their day without eating that Big Mac they normally have for lunch. People spend their entire year eating junk food, that when Ramadan rolls around the corner, so does bad karma. During the month of Ramadan, muslims must fast everyday for thrirty days from sunrise to sunset on the ninth month of the muslim calender. For a person who is fasting from sunrise to sunset, it is forbidden to eat or any kind of food or to drink any kind of liquids, to have any kind of sexual pleasures, to smoke, to curse and to gossip. Seeing as how a lot of people spend most of of their days doing all of the above, it makes life quite difficult knowing you can't live life to it's fullist until the sun slowly sets every night on a Ramadan day. However, when the sun finally sets, people are ecstatic knowing that not only are they about to eat their first meal of the day, it's a pretty decent meal at that. Muslims feast on anything from turkey to roast beef, with mashed potatoes, corn, kabab, fatoosh (arabic salad) and pita b...

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