A Group of Muslims congregating in their local Islamic Centre in order to break their fast during the Month of Ramadhan.
Al Saum or "fasting" for Muslims is seen as a way of reconnecting with the soul and teaching a person to observe better self-discipline.
Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadhan, where they do not eat or drink, as well as refrain from doing several other things, from dawn until after sunset. Fasting is an obligation in other religions, and the Qur’an confirms that Muslims must also maintain this act of worship:
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” [2:183].
During the Holy month of Ramadhan, Muslims will spend much of their time in prayer and other forms of worship, as it is believed to be the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed. Thus the fast during daytime is followed by recitation of Salat and Qur’an and Dua during the evenings.
Fasting is compulsory for all Muslims who have reached adulthood (puberty), are healthy and not travelling. There are also many days when fasting is recommended, alongside other days, when fasting becomes compulsory due to a certain event (Books of Islamic law go into more details on this issue).