It is now the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and for Muslims everywhere, it is a very important time.
In Islam, this month is known as Ramadan, which lasts from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23 this year. During Ramadan, it is said that the gates to heaven are always open and the gates to hell are closed. It is a time for Muslims to focus on making their souls clean.
The most well-known part of Ramadan is the fast. For the whole month, Muslims are not allowed to eat, drink, or smoke while the sun is up. They are also not supposed to be angry or jealous.
Some Muslims do not have to fast. Young children, pregnant women, and people who are sick do not need to take part in the fasting, but they will often feed a needy person during Ramadan instead.
(Emily Shih, Staff Writer)
1. focus v.
專注 (zhuan1 zhu4)
例: Alan finds it hard to focus on his homework because he would rather play video games.
2. fast n./v.
禁食 (jin4 shi2)
例: My doctor had me fast for 24 hours before my surgery.
3. jealous adj.
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例: I've always been jealous of my best friend because she has the most beautiful green eyes.