Originally published in Twin Cities Daily Planet
Muslims all across the US are observing the month of fast or Ramadhan these days. Muslims fast from sunrise till sunset and completely abstain from food and drink. Besides abstaining from food, Muslims are also required to abstain from confrontations and creating disorder while also keeping away from intimate acts. As a result of the self control that a Muslim develops during this month, he is also expected to develop empathy for the needy and poor while increasing his charitable contributions. Due to this reason, the month of fast is considered to be the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.