Religion Calendar, Aug. 11, 2011: Ramadan

Aug. 11, 2011 marks this year’s start of Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

It was during this month that the first verses of the Qur’an are said to have been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Participating Muslims refrain from drinking, eating and sexual activities from dawn until sunset.

Fasting is intended to teach Muslims the virtues of patience, humility and spirituality, and is carried out as an offering to God.

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