Every year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown ,
abstaining from food and drink. Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and
women who are pregnant or nursing are exempted to break the fast and make up an
equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they
must feed a needy person for every day missed.The fasting during Ramadan is
regarded principally as a method of self purification. By cutting oneself off from worldly
comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who
go hungry as well as growth in one's spiritual life.