In the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims perform daily fasts from dawn to dusk every day, only breaking the fast with a meal (usually a light one) after the sun sets.   During the daylight hours other affirmative customs are also practiced, such as a renewed attention to charity work, and additional prayer.   Fasting is intended to cleanse the soul, allowing Muslims to take time to turn their attention inward, away from material things. At the end of the month, there is a celebration as they end the month of abstinence. One of the dishes that appears on the table during …

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