Day in the life of a Ramadan adherent in Delhi by Simon de Trey-White
26th June 2015, New Delhi, India. Haji Kamaal Hassan (30, second from left) and his family break their day-long fast with the Iftar meal starting with dates, in their home during the month of Ramadan, in Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi, India on the 26th June 2015. Family members left to right: Suhail Khan (20, nephew); Umar Khan (16, nephew); Zeba (11, on couch, neice); Mehboob Khan (36, brother); Rahima (5, daughter); Rubina Buno (25, wife, extreme right).
Kamaal says he enjoys the Ramadan month as it gives 'peace of the mind and heart'. "Fasting is good for body and soul. It cleanses the body and because of the fasting you have less energy to be distracted by other worldly temptations and the self-denial reduces pride so you can empathise with those who always have little to eat and you feel like doing charitable works. When self-importance is reduced Shaitan (satan) has less power over you as his main aim is to tempt you to hubris.'
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations with one's spouse. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behaviour that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat and recitation of the Quran.