Ramadan: a time for devotion, service

Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, begins next week, but the holy month means more than just abstaining from food during daylight hours.
The new moon signals the start of the month, and from about May 15 to mid-June, 1 billion people worldwide won’t eat, drink, smoke or engage in intimacy from sunup to sundown and will instead concentrate on charitable acts and growing closer to God.
Amal Merchant, an active member of the Islamic Society of Simi Valley, said Ramadan is both a physical and spi...

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