MIDDLE EAST: The Fast of Ramadan

From dawn to dusk each day this month good Moslems may not eat, drink, smoke, use perfume, apply leeches, indulge in sex. It is the month of Ramadan, holiest in Islam's year, and conscientious observance of its requirements can atone for a solid year of sinning.

The Prophet Mohammed said "God would make fast an ease and not a difficulty," sensibly exempted the old, the sick, the pregnant, nursing mothers, wayfarers and all who work too hard. And the Prophet told his followers to go ahead and indulge their postponed pleasures after sunset. Consequently many Moslems, particularly...

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