Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 August, 2011, 12:00am


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The Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts today.

During this month, all Muslims - unless they are ill or travelling - must not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

By observing the Ramadan fast, Muslims show they are faithful to Allah, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong Islamic Youth Association said.

She said Muslims believe that not eating or drinking for a period of time every day will help rid their bodies of toxins.

They are also encouraged to help the needy during the holy month.