During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world restrain themselves from:
- sexual contact and intercourse
What most people don't know is that Ramadan is more than refraining from food and drink, but the follower must not partake in gossip, unlawful activities or thoughts. Worshippers must not look at unlawful things. Of course, those who are ill or small children do not fast.
Ramadan is basically the spiritual cleansing of the soul through self restraint.
The Sudhoor and IftarThe sudhoor is the light meal eaten prior to daylight. The fast begins after this meal and resumes until sundown.
The iftar is when the fast ends for the day and a halal meal may be eaten. Any type of food may be eaten, however, the most popular are honey, breads, figs, dates, fruits, and olives.
It is popular is some cultures for families to host "iftar meals", in which familes and neighbors will come for the evening meal.