"about to complete the month of fasting"
Traditional Ramadan Lanterns in Cairo
Creative Commons AttributionTraditional Ramadan Lanterns in Cairo - Credit: B. Simpson Cairocamels

The month of fasting, Ramadan, is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Its precise dates vary from year to year as it follows the lunar calendar, but its duration is always 29-30 days. During this period Muslims must not eat, drink or have sexual relations between dawn and sunset; they must also refrain from bad character traits such as lying, gossip or slander. It is supposed to be a time for reflection and concentrated prayer.