As the end of Ramadan nears, around August 7, about a billion Muslims around the world have observed a month of Fasting, which is one of the Five Pillars or fundamental religious duties of Islam. We go to the south of Saudi Arabia this hour to learn more from a Murray State University student at home for the summer.
Rajeh Almasradi is president of the Saudi Student Organization at Murray State. He spoke with Kate by phone at 1 a.m. his time at his home in Tathleeth, Saudi Arabia, to enlighten us about the observance of Ramadan, the month of fasting, which is in its final week. The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.