By Sheikh Abdul Aziz al Nuaimi
Last Friday over 1.6 billion Muslims around the world celebrated the beginning of the holiest of times: Ramadan.
During Ramadan, all Muslims fast from first light until sundown (dawn to dusk), abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. The sick, elderly and travelers, as well as pregnant or nursing women, are permitted to break the fast and make it up later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, they must feed a needy person for every day missed. Children begin to fast from puberty, although many start earlier.