Muslims all around the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan which begins Tuesday evening in Turkey.
The holiday will begin this Thursday and run through June 15, which will be a day without fasting, marked by prayers and charitable donations to those in need. Members there say they're looking forward to Ramadan.
He added that fasting is simply an interpretation of abstract orders from Allah (God) by Muslims, rather than a divine law that must be followed.
What a lot of people fixate on about Ramadan, however, is the month-long fast and what many would consider the extreme self-discipline involved in participating.
The tithe must be paid during the month of Ramadan.
Makkah Ali and Ikhlas Saleem, co-hosts of the Identity Politics podcast, use Ramadan as a time to control physical impulses, such a backbiting or anger, and renew their spirituality.
Along with abstaining from consuming and consuming, Muslims additionally improve restraint, akin to abstaining from sexual relations.
During the month of Ramadan, adherents avoid water and food from dawn to sunset.
Shaker said the center provides Muslims free meals to break their fast.
Students and academics at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have come up with a guide featuring tips to support the wellbeing of those who fast and to help them retain as much energy as possible throughout the day.
Across the Arab world, juices made from apricots are a staple at Ramadan iftars. For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection.
US President Donald Trump today greeted Muslims observing Ramadan and said the holy month is a time of self-reflection meant to deepen one's spiritual growth. Others who are also permitted to sit out of the fasting are the elderly, people travelling, pregnant and breastfeeding women, diabetic patients as well as females menstruating.
It's common practice across many Muslim-majority nations for liquor stores and hotels to curb the sale of alcohol during Ramadan.
And another go-to choice, especially for her pre-dawn meal or suhoor? In the Gulf countries, wealthy sheikhs hold "majlises" where they open their doors for people to pass by all hours of the night for food, tea, coffee and conversation. Often, restaurants shutter their doors during the day.
OCC represents and advocates for ministry among 16 different denominations in the state, with more than 1,200 local congregations representing between 600,000 and 700,000 Oklahoma Christians, according to OCC figures from last October.
British expat Darren Streete, who embraced Islam just five months back, said: "This year will be my first year of fully participating in the holy month of Ramadan". In Pakistan, live game shows give away gifts promoting their sponsors.
Another RMCC public event to mark the end of Ramadan is planned and will be announced later.
During Ramadan, Muslims may also read the whole Quran, while some choose to perform extra prayers in the evening called tarawih.
"Outside of those areas, you don't have any other pockets of Muslims in the state that have an Islamic center or a mosque, and that's why it's hard to challenge Islamophobia or those fears people may have", Soltani said, "because until you can meet and interact with people, it's hard to overcome those fears".