Subscriber Account active since. She's also a woman in her 20s observing Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. Like millions of Muslims around the world , Nasr began 30 days of fasting from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, April 23 and will finish observing Ramadan later this week. The exact date depends on the interpretation of whether one follows the Islamic calendar or visibly sees the new moon. For many Muslims, Ramadan means abstaining from food and drink during the regular 9-to-5 work day.
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This means waking up before dawn to eat, hydrate and pray. Once the sun rises, Muslims abstain from food and drink, including water, until sunset. They repeat the grueling routine every day for a month. Fasting is meant to bring worshippers closer to God through steady remembrance, reflection and sacrifice. Daily fasting, combined with five daily prayers and extended evening prayers, challenges worshippers to focus on their actions, deeds and thoughts, rather than on material desires and instant gratification. Fasting is a requirement in Islam — a reset for the mind, body and soul.
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Muslim women are supposed to be bastions of culture, tradition, and responsibility, especially during Ramadan. Before I could even attempt dating, however, I had to get over this image that society had thrust upon me of being a saint and embrace the fact that actually I was closer to a sinner. I also learnt that in my experience men prefer to chase than be chased. I believe in sex before marriage — mainly because I believe in sex and not so much marriage.