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Muslims make very elaborate preparations and arrangements for the month of fasting. They cancel business tours and try to stay at home during the month of Ramadhan. They get up early in the morning before dawn and offer nafilah (optional) prayer before taking their sehri (morning meals). In Muslim countries, especially in India and Pakistan, people in groups move about in the streets singing praises of Allah and darud on His Holy Messenger (pbuh) to wake people up for sehri. Many people do not sleep at all during the night, but read the Qur'an and offer nafila prayers. In Saudi Arabia most of the people do not sleep at night during the month of Ramadhan. They go to sleep after Morning Prayer.

Fasting, like prayer, is also an act of worship and is the fourth pillar of Islam. It is compulsory for all Muslims, both men and women; but pregnant women, the sick and travellers are exempted from fasting. But travellers have to observe fasting after the end of their journey, pregnant women after the delivery of their child and the sick when they become well. Women during the period of menstruation need not fast but have to make up the lost days afterwards.

You are a Muslim, you are a believer and therefore, you are upon tremendous good. Our Prophet (saw) heard a man say: “Praise is to Allah for Islam.” So he said: “Verily you have praised Allah for an immense favor.

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