This article was published in the ‘International Business Times’ online on Thursday 2nd June 2016.
It’s been called “the biggest act of mass-religious observance of its kind”. US president Barack Obama referred to it as a time of “gratitude for the gifts that God bestows”. And the Vatican has described it as an opportunity for “human and spiritual growth”.
Next week (6 June 2016) sees the start of Ramadan, when three million Britons, and billions globally, will fast from before sunrise to sunset each day for 29 or 30 days. Fasting, or ‘sawm’ in Arabic, is part of an ancient tradition found in many world religions, and constitutes one of the five pillars of Islam…
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