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Ninth month of the Hijra calendar

Ramadan, the month in which Allah revealed the first verses of the Koran to Mohammed, is the holiest time of the year for people of the Islamic faith. During this period, Muslims fast and refrain from marital relations from sunrise to sunset; their abstinance helps them more deeply appreciate the abundance Allah provides throughout the year, and remember their obligation to help others who are less fortunate.

In addition to fasting during Ramadan, Muslims read the Koran in its entirety, spend more time with family and friends, and take extra care to engage in acts of kindness and charity.

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