For practicing Muslims, the evening of Monday, April 12, marks the beginning of Ramadan which continues through May 12. The pillars of Islam include: Declaring belief in one God (Allah), Prayers (Salah); Fasting (Saum); Charity (Zakah) and Pilgrimage (Hajj). Ramadan is the holiest month of the year for Muslims and those who observe, fast from dawn until sunset. Fasting is both physical and spiritual. Charity is also very important in Islam, and even more so during Ramadan. Extra prayers are recited and Muslims are encouraged to read the entire Quran during Ramadan. 

To all who are celebrating, may you have a peaceful Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak.