Observant Muslims are currently in the midst of Ramadan when all physically mature and healthy Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. They do not eat or drink anything during those hours. They don’t even chew gum unless it is flavorless wax. Those who normally smoke cigarettes abstain from smoking. In addition, no form of sexual contact takes place. In some ways, Ramadan is comparable to the season of Lent, which some branches of Christianity observe leading up to Easter Sunday.
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