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Working while fasting

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7474.s192 (Published 06 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s192
  1. Ahmed Kassem, BMJ Clegg scholar and final year medical student
  1. University of Cairo, Egypt

Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five basics of Islam and is not just about abstaining from food and drink from the break of dawn (fajr) until sunset (maghreb). The main objective is to tame any unwanted habits and change your behaviour in order to become a better person.

Because fasting is done during the daytime, it usually means …

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