Ramadan mubarak 2011
Ramadan has just started for Muslims all over the world, with their varied customs and lifestyles. It is a very special month. In its simplest form, it is a month of fasting: abstinence from food, drink, sexual relations, smoking, etc., from dawn till sunset, a drastic change in lifestyle. (People who have chronic illnesses or happen to be sick or travelling, and women who are pregnant or nursing are exempt from it, but must make up for those days later if they can.) In its more spiritual dimension, it is a month of prayers, reading of the Quran, generosity toward the poor, honesty and forgiveness, and self-control.