Ramadan is a 30 Day fast that involves abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations during daylight hours. Muslims use it as a time to train themselves to flee from lust and other sinful appetites.
For many Muslims Ramadan commemorates the coming of the Word of God to Muhammad. If in Christianity the eternal Word of God “became flesh,” it might be said that in Islam the Word “became a book.” There is a sense in which Ramadan is like Christmas, especially since even nominal Muslims become more attune to spiritual things during this season.
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