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What do Muslims do during Ramadan?

The basic requirement is for all Muslims to fast from dawn to sunset daily. Fasting, in Islam, is the act of complete abstinence from food, drink, smoking and intimate sexual relations during this part of the day. Bad behavior such as lying, deceiving, swearing or insulting others also detracts from the reward of the one who is fasting.

The fast is broken at sunset with a meal called iftar. Following the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), most Muslims will first drink water or eat dates and then have a normal meal.

In addition to fasting, Muslims will also spend most of their evenings in a special supererogatory prayer called taraweeh, which is usually performed in congregation at a mosque. However, with the suspension of congregational activities and closure of Mosques nationally due to the COVID-19 outbreak, these may be performed individually at home or in the workplace. The prayer can take anywhere between one to three hours.