Muslims around the world are currently observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which officially began on July 20th, 2012.

An important facet of the Ramadan experience is fasting from dawn until dusk each day, which is intended to foster patience, reflection and a sense of humility among the devoted.

Fasting is said to give the practitioner both insight and focus, along with a recognition of one’s daily dependency on material needs, which are not just limited to food and water.

Brothers Ehab and Abdul Tamimi have spent most of their lives traveling with their family between homes in Tucson and Palestine. They have both observed Ramadan for their entire lives.

Elder brother Ehab, a graduate student in biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona, describes the different experience that the holy month brings, while Abdul, a Catalina Foothills High School student, shares one of the many insights that a lifetime of observing Ramadan has taught him.


The University of Arizona's Muslim Students Association holds an annual “Fast-a-thon” during the holy month, which welcomes followers of all religions to participate.