RAMADAN is a holy month for Muslims dedicated to prayer, the recital of the al-Quran and fasting during daylight hours.
Those observing Ramadan will break the daily fast with an evening meal called ‘Iftar’, often beginning with a few sips of water or something sweet, such as dates.
During the day, Muslims refrain from food, drink and all evil thoughts and deeds in the interest of self-purification.
All Muslims are expected to fast, but with a few exception namely children, elderly people and pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating women. Travellers or those who are physically or mentally ill are also exempted from fasting.
Those exempted from fasting can compensate by fasting at a later date or feeding a person in need.
Here's a brief overview of what fasting is all about.