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Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time

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Fasting Introduction Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time. Depending on the tradition, fasting practices may forbid sexual intercourse, masturbation, as well as refraining from eating certain types or groups of food. Wikipedia Sometimes people may need to fast before operations. Other times people may fast for their own self confidence and self belief. However, some people fast to lose weight. This can be quite dangerous and often leads to health problems such as bulimia or anorexia. This can not only cause physical problems but it often mentally affects people too. Fasting has been used in the past for political reasons. The suffragettes used fasting as a way to be released from prison when they were arrested for their campaigns. Also, lots of people use fasting as a way to raise money for charity. Sponsored fasts are quite popular and people of all ages participate. The Samaritans help organize sponsored fasts and other activities to raise money and awareness. Fasting has also been used to demonstrate feats of endurance. For example David Blaine fasted for 44 days, drinking only water. ...read more.

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So Ramadan is a month of giving Zakah (charity) and sharing meals to break the fast together. Some people aren't permitted to fast. For example, the elderly, children, sick/ill people, pregnant women and poor people don't have to fast but often try to help in other ways, for example giving money, or volunteering to help with the festival celebration. These terms also apply to those that must break the fast. All Muslims feast together. They must eat early in the morning (Suhoor) and then again late at night (Iftar). Traditionally, the Suhoor might include porridge, bread or fruit. It is said that the Prophet Mohammad himself recommended including dates as part of the Suhoor meal. Once the sun begins to set, the daily fast is slowly broken with a simple snack-like bread, cheese or fruit. Then once the edge has been taken off peoples hunger, evening prayers are said, followed by the big evening meal, called Iftar (the food that breaks the fast), which often includes a hearty stew or spiced vegetable dish. When the new moon arrives to signal the end of Ramadan, there is a major celebration called Eid ul-fitr. The feasting and revelry of Eid ul-fitr are far grander than any of the other dinners held during Ramadan. ...read more.

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Therefore bosses might not understand why you aren't working as well as normal. It doesn't only affect your work, but it affects your general mental state of mind. If you have less energy you tend to be less aware or things and get tired out easier. Therefore looking after your family may be harder and more work. Like many religious festivals, Ramadan could provoke a greater divide in those who are religious and those who aren't. Sectioning yourself off to one culture and one group of people can be a bad thing. It makes other cultures and groups of people feel further apart. Another disadvantage of Ramadan is that the hunger and the thirst can be agonizing and you have to try really hard to follow the rules of fasting e.g. no swearing, smoking or taking drugs. Therefore I believe that Ramadan has only got advantages because it teaches you self-discipline and how to control your passions and appetite. Ramadan can be a very emotional time for Muslims. Many Muslims believe that it brings them closer to God and closer to Islam. Others believe that it brings them closer in their community and closer in their family. Ramadan is a way of showing their devotion to their faith. It also helps Muslims learn more about their faith, more about the Qu'ran. ...read more.

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