Sawm (Fasting)

One of the Five Pillars of Islam

What is Sawm?

Every year in the month of Ramada-n, all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown-abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations with their partners. Those who are sick, elderly, or women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year if they are healthy and able. Children begin to fast from puberty, although many start.

Muslims do fasting for self-purification and self-restraint, they believe that if they cut themselves from the world they spend more time with god. The quaran states "O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may learn self-restraint." (Quar'an 2:183)

Creators of this Flyer:

Mariana Casillas as Editor

Andrea Vandeman as Audio Director

Jocelyn Lopez as Visual Director

Lizbeth Cuevas and Cielo Rodriguez as Summarizers