The holy month of Ramadan started on Sunday (May 5, 2019) as Muslims all over the world are beginning their month-long fasting and religious devotion.
Ramadan is the ninth and most sacred month in the Islamic calendar.
Fasting is meant to bring worshippers closer to God through steady remembrance, reflection and sacrifice.
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Beyond fasting, Muslims are also encouraged to read the Quran, with the holy text recited at the Tarawih, special nightly prayers held throughout the month.
US President Donald Trump sits down for an iftar dinner, which breaks a daylong fast, celebrating Islam's holy month of Ramadan, in the State Dining Room of the White House, June 6, 2018, in Washington. The weak, sick, children, travelers, pregnant and menstruating women are exempted from fasting during this month.
Ramadan is a period of one full month that the faithful undertake dawn-dusk fasting which primarily entails abstinence from food, drink, marital intimacy and any such prohibitions as instructed by Allah (God).
Besides experiencing feelings of hunger and thirst, believers often have to deal with fatigue because of late-night prayers and predawn meals.
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Crew members are ready to hand out iftar bags to passengers when the time comes to break the daily fast.
Many Muslims will offer additional prayers during this period.
A muslim boy is in deep prayer at the Cebu Green Mosque at the start of Ramadan on May 6, 2019.
Ramadan begins around 11 days earlier each year. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, Quran, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Prophet Muhammad in the year 610 A.D.
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The end of Ramadan will be marked by Eid al-Fitr, a celebration known as Feast of the Fast-Breaking.