During Ramadan, Muslims are required to refrain from taking food, drinking liquids, smoking, swearing and engaging in sexual relations. This allows more time for the believers to offer salat or prayers, charity and recitation of the Holy Quran.
During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to read and recite the entire Quran through special prayers of Tarawih. Besides this, prayers are held in the mosques every night of the month, during which one whole section of total 30 sections of the Quran is recited.
The pre-dawn meal, which is allowed before the fast, is called the suhoor. Also, the meal at sunset that breaks the fast is the iftar. Many well-to-do Muslims are suppose to give food to the poor to break their fast. The five most offensive acts during Ramadan are telling lies; slander; back-biting; false oath or swearing and greed, and these needs to be shunned.
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