Millions of Muslims around the world participate in Ramadan, a period of intense prayer, all-day fasting, and feasts. From dusk until dawn, Muslims fast with the idea that it will bring them closer to God and acknowledge those who are less fortunate. Fasting during Ramadan is also a time when people can abstain from worldly pleasures like smoking and caffeine and focus on self-reflection.
In addition to fasting and engaging in prayer, many Muslims will donate to charities, help feed the hungry, recite the Quran, and spend more time at mosques during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan fasting is one of Islam’s five pillars along with charity, daily prayer, performing the hajj pilgrimage, and taking a declaration of faith.